African Songs and Mbira
African Songs and Mbira

Angela Scharfenberger

African Songs and Mbira

Regular price $ 90.00
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This class will meet in person on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00 pm on April 11, 18, 25, and May 2.

Location: Chapel St Philip Neri, 236 Woodbine St, Louisville, KY 40208.

African Songs & Mbira ('thumb piano")

This class is an introduction to some of the joyful, rich songs from Zimbabwe. We will focus on the Mbira Nyunganyunga, an easy-to-learn 15-key mbira handmade in Zimbabwe. Instruments are lent to students for the class term.

In class, we will:

  • Learn basic patterns on the Mbira Nyunganyunga
  • Learn the basics of African language pronunciation
  • Learn the melody and harmony parts for each song
  • Refine the beautifully simple art of call and response
  • Learn the meaning and the cultural/historical context of the song

All songs are taught by oral tradition.

Open to students 12 and over.  

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