Mbira: The Healing Music
22 Apr 2017, 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM
In Shona language, the mbira instrument is called mbira dzavadzimu, meaning “mbira of the ancestors”. The Shona people of Zimbabwe regard its music sacred as they believe that it connects them with their ancestors. Zimbabwean master musician Fradreck Mujuru is joined by Shane Taylor Constante and Mark Bradshaw in playing the healing music of the mbira.
About Fradreck Mujuru
Fradreck Mujuru was born into a Shona family with a long history of playing and making the mbira. Like many aspiring mbira players, he would attend traditional ceremonies where he would pester the elders to teach him. He started playing it at the age of eight and was performing at ceremonies by the time he was 15. In 1981, he taught himself how to make mbiras. Fradreck toured Europe and South Africa in the 1990s and has taught and performed in the United States, having taken up residencies at Grinnell College, Williams College, and the University of Michigan. Today, he is a highly-respected musician as well as one of the greatest living mbira makers. His instruments are played all over the world.
About Shane Taylor Constante
Constante studied percussion under the direction of Mario Gaetano at Western Carolina University. He later joined the United States Peace Corps where he served as the music curriculum specialist to the Malawi Institute of Education in Malawi, Africa. He has studied and performed a wide range of musical styles outside of his western percussion background, including the traditional music of Bali, Brazil, Cuba, Ghana, Java, Malawi, South India, and Zimbabwe.
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