The Little Mbira Book brings together the history, culture, and practice of Mbira dza Vadzimu in one compact reference. Written expressly for Mbira students and aficionados of African music alike, the book includes musical notations and an audio disc of traditional practice pieces and performances by the author. The Little Mbira Book is the first educational reference of its kind and a perfect companion for the beginning Mbira student; the Mbira itself is not even required to begin this unforgettable journey into the music of the Shona.
The Mbira dza Vadzimu is an ancient lamellaphone from Zimbabwe. It wholly personifies the ancient culture of the Shona throughout their magnificent and enduring legacy. The Mbira is the country’s national instrument and continues to serve as the central instrument between the spiritual and temporal. Its music is potently mysterious as it is rhythmically hypnotic, and gaining popularity world-wide.