World Music Series: Eastman Mbira Ensemble
Played by Shona-speaking communities in Zimbabwe, the mbira is an instrument with 22 to 28 metal keys (lamellae) fixed to a wooden soundboard, which is then placed in a gourd resonator, used to amplify its resonance. Rattling pieces of metal, bottle caps or shells are attached to the instrument, which in turn produce buzzing sounds when the keys are plucked. The interaction of two or more players, singers, hosho (gourd rattles), and sometimes drummers and rhythmic hand clapping creates a complex musical fabric. Bring your lunch and enjoy the unique, ancient and beautiful music of Zimbabwe.
- Thursday, October 4, 2018
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Central - Kate Gleason Auditorium
- Central Library