RARE Percussion – Mbira Alchemy Vol.2 (WAV)

By | September 15, 2021


Publisher: RARE Percussion
Site: splice.com
Format: WAV
Quality: 24 bit 44.1 kHz stereo

Description: The Mbira, pronounced “Mmm – beeir – aaaa”, is a 29-key piano from Zimbabwe and Mozambique made with metal tongs attached to the soundboard. The sound of this instrument is said to have mystical properties that “delight” spirits. Although it is mainly used in traditional ceremonies, it is also very popular in African pop music and is commonly performed in groups throughout Southeast Africa. No one can say for sure how and when Mbira originated, but her mythology is vast and includes stories of how mermaids or angels gave her to people.
Chris Berry joined Zimbware as a teenager in the late 1980s, where he was adopted by the Sean people in Zimbabwe. After 10 years of intensive training and initiation, Chris became the first foreigner to receive the title of Guenyambir or Master of Mbira. Since then, Chris has been invited to play at ceremonies throughout Zimbabwe, and has also hit the South African pop charts with his Mbir pop group Panjea. These packs offer a unique mix of Mbira’s traditional melodies and grooves, as well as more modern compositions with electronic effects.

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