Mhararano Mbira Academy

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Mbira Lesson Category: Mbira Teacher

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    Mhararano Mbira Academy is a unique organisation based in the grounds of the beautiful Dartington Hall in Devon. We deliver projects centred on the mbira music of Zimbabwe and provide opportunities to learn mbira, to sing, dance and engage with the arts, and to learn about Shona language and culture.

    Master mbira player Chartwell Dutiro is the founder of the Academy and the principal artist who delivers projects. Chartwell uses a method of teaching called ‘Chinyakare’ in Shona language this means an indigenous ancestoral way of distributing knowledge and information, sometimes orally. Knowledge is shared between people of all abilities. He believes that the master and the beginner have something to learn from each other.