Mbira groups form association


Various mbira groups recently formed an association called Dare RemaGwenyambira comprising mbira fans, players and makers.

Registered with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, the groups main objective is linking with the world through mbira music.

Dare RemaGwenyambira currently has 17 members including Tendai Gahamadze of Mbira DzeNharira, who is the chairman, Tichaona MaAfrika of Maungira ENharira (vice-chairman), George Chogurwei (secretary), Grace Alvera (vice-secretary) and treasurer and publicity officer Donald Nyamayaro of Hwevambira.

Our main objectives include promoting and popularising mbira music at school, tertiary institutions and other functions-levels both in and outside Zimbabwe and to co-ordinate mbira music festivals and competitions within the country, region and beyond, said Nyamayaro.

He said they also aimed to adopt strategies that would promote composition of mbira music and performance skills through talent identification and monitoring, workshops, study visits and international conferences.

Nyamayaro said it was also important, through the association to promote regular performances of mbira music and to promote and adopt standards or value of output of mbira music for performances, earnings, quality of product and management of bands.

We hope to soon establish and maintain a database of mbira music information and materials members can access and source for funds or support for the mbira music activities in order to promote its reach, he said.

Some of the events the association intends to host include Nehanda Day in April, Chaminuka Day and Heroes Day in August, Zim Bira Festival in October, Bira ReMukondombera and Mashava-vaShavi in November.

Nyamayaro said Dare RemaGwenyambira had recently hosted their first fundraising concert in Norton where various renowned and upcoming groups including Mbira Dzenharira, Hwevambira, Dziva ReMbira, Madendera EkuMabvazuva and Nyuchi DzeGonera performed.

This is the beginning of a lot of great things in mbira music. We hope to uplift and take the music to higher levels locally and internationally, he added.