This web site draws on the efforts of many, including:
N. Scott Robinson's web site
Michael Williams' "Getting Started with Mbira dzaVadzimu"
Banning Eyre's articles on Afropop Worldwide
Mushawaparara Mbira Group's web site
Paul Berliner's The Soul of Mbira (1993)
David Locke in Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the
World's Peoples (1996)
Manuel Jimenez in Zimbabwean Music on an International Stage (2007)
Andrew Tracey's "How to play the mbira (dza vadzimu)" (1970 - out
Some, but certainly not all, sources of mbira music.
Azim's extraordinary collection of field recordings made over
the past 40 or so years in Zimbabwe. Essential. (Put your grocery
money aside before browsing the catalog.) And now includes audio
is the central source for mbira (and other Shona music) recordings
from a wide range of sources and labels. Now includes audio samples.
And you can search by song!
Laviolette's Mhumhi Records has recorded such greats as Simon
Mashoko, Sekuru Gora and Newton Gwara, as well as compilations
such as the Mbira DzaVaNdau of the Ndau people in South Eastern
Records publishes the essential collections from the 1970s Zimbabwe:
Shona Mbira Music and Zimbabwe: The Soul of Mbira.
source for the recordings of Cosmas Magaya, Beauler Dyoko,
Musekiwa Chingoza and others.
essential source for 20th century African music.
MP3 downloads are beginning to include some commercially released
music MP3s, includes some mbira such as the recordings of Stella
Some sources for purchasing mbiras (now from outside Zimbabwe
but we intend to include Zimbabwean mbira makers).