Mbiravolution lights up Book Cafe tonight

THE community of Mbira players, Mbiravolution, will tonight put up a show that will bring together music, poetry and visual arts, all in one at the Book Café.

Report by Tinashe Sibanda

The event will see talented upcoming artiste Gary Tight churning out his spiritual mbira vibes accompanied by two Mbiravolution resident poets Moreblessing “Momo” Size and Arnold “So Profound” Chirimika.

A mbira exhibition by Ticha Muzavazi who is also a mentor at Mbiravolution, will also be on display.

The event is a celebration of mbira music that will be fused with poetry and artwork, a brainchild of ethnomusicologist Hector Rufaro Mugani and musicologist Extra-Blessings Kuchera.

“We are excited to continue having such grand ideas which became a reality. People have been supporting this project and we are not going back with such development,” said Mugani.

He said it was an opportunity for all the people interested in mbira to know more about the instrument and to enjoy the music.

Following a successful regional exhibition and performance tour in 2012, Mbiravolution continues to initiate brilliant and thoughtful ways of making the mbira a lovable and enjoyable instrument.

The resident poets are expected to mesmerise audiences with their unique word mastery and also reflect on various issues in their poetry. Ticha Muzavazi, who manufactures and teaches mbira, will display some of these instruments.

He will also lead a session on the history and importance of the instrument and songs played on it.

“This is an important initiative and hopefully, many people will come out and attend as the mbira is an international cultural heritage and we are proud that it is part of us as Zimbabweans,” he said.

Mbiravolution has also worked with well-known mbira gurus such as Chiwoniso Maraire, Nyamasvisva veMawungira eNharira, Samaita veMbira dzeNharira, and recently Ambuya Stella Chiweshe to name a few.

Mbiravolution is a community of Mbira players, researchers, makers, academics, lovers coming together to discuss, share and engage each other for the development of the mbira instrument and music.

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