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Notations: Mbira dzavadzimu
Notations: Mbira dzavadzimu (with extra keys)
Notations: Mbila dzamadeza
Notations: Mbila dzamadeza (bass on right)
Notations: Matepe / Madhebhe / Hera
Notations: Nyonganyonga / Malimba
Notations: 15-key Karimba 'Nyunga Nyunga'
Notations: Mbira dzaVaNdau
Makers & Players in Rural Mozambique
Learn Mbira dzaVaNdau
- How to sample mbiras
- How to slice up recordings (using Reaper)
- How to slice up recordings (using Audacity)
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History / Changelog
Mbila dzamadeza (bass on right): "TIC 126"
F# / Gb (closest chromatic pitch)
[ILAM Instrument Inventory:] Bass-on-right instr. H: 188, W: at bottom 180, two colour wood, patina, much used. Rattle plate with 10 bottle tops, Normal lowest three notes not present. Three left hand notes in an added upper rank, L to R 3’’, 2’’, 5’.
Round bar lies on its side. "Left hand" tuning - see AT article: "The Original African Mbira?" in African Music.
Bought by Bonisa Isaac Sithole, July, 1974 in N. Tvl. Label says "Mbila deza". AT says this is the same as mbila dza madeza.
[ILAM Mbira Catalogue:] Bottom 3 notes not present, indicating importance of note 4 as a tone centre.
Lowest three notes synthesized by octavating their middle-manual counterparts.
Last known owner:
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Last known location:
Grahamstown, South Africa
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