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Mbila dzamadeza12/2022 The mbila dzamadeza from South Africa's Limpopo province is the eighth supported type of mbira on SR.
Mbira diversity in rural Mozambique9/2022 Tatenda Cangola and SR teamed up to give media visibility to kalimba players and makers from the Manica and Tete borderlands. Learn more and join our fundraiser!
Muchatera Mujuru's mbira9/2022 Added samples and animation for Muchatera Mujuru's historical mbira huru, featuring a left index finger manual.
Mbira dzaVaNdau transcriptions8/2022 The 20+ transcriptions from Andrew Tracey's recent article The Mbira of the Ndau: Mozambique and Zimbabwe in 1972 are now available on SR.
Microtuning comparison4/2022 Listen to the same mbira tuned to equi-heptatonic, AMI karimba, Western mixolydian scales, thanks to the help of mbira maker Sebastian Pott.
|Currently, 100+ tunings of eight mbira types are available. Instrument Gallery » Explore the wonderful diversity of historical and contemporary scales, and use them for tuning your own instruments. Example tuning »||
Archives accessibleIn 2017, we started a project at the International Library of African Music (ILAM) to make the great variety of mbiras and tunings in the Tracey Instrument Collection, as well as Andrew Tracey's extensive personal archive of transcriptions audible and accessible to the world.
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