Music from Zimbabwe/the US – Zimbeat

Zimbeat is a San diego based ensemble that performs traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Here’s the great Marimba version of “Chemutengure“, a zimbabwean classic:

Various Artists: Tales of the Mbira

Today, I will present you an album from Various Artists playing the Mbira.

Various Artists: Tales of the Mbira

I bought this album before christmas 2011, and now, I want to present it to you. Tales of the Mbira is an album from various artists, singing songs and playing the Mbira. The songs are influenced from Tradtional African music to jazz and lounge songs. You can hear songs from Thomas Mapfumo(look up, I already posted some of his songs), the Mbira Dzenharira group and other great Mbira players. And the most of these great songs aren’t in the web so far! If you like the Mbira, as a relaxed and happy(sometimes also sad) instrument, you should really buy this CD, it’s a great mix from classics to very new and unknown versions!!

Here are my favourite songs which I found on YouTube:

Dumisani Maraire & Ephat Mujuru- Chemutengure:

Mbira DzeNharira -Kumatendera


Xandi’s Charts 2011

Today, I’ll show you my own 2011 charts: Continue reading “Xandi’s Charts 2011”

Music from Zimbabwe – Taku Mafika †

One of my favourite instruments is the Mbira, a traditional Zimbabwean instrument. One of the rising Mbira stars was Taku Mafika, a ethno-contemporary jazz musician from Zimbabwe. He died before the 12th october, because of having a clot in his brain. He is after Sam Mtukudzi another Zimbabwean musician, who died in the last time…

Here’s his song “Lyrics of Kare“, but probably it won’t be his last song on my blog….

R.I.P. Taku Mafika