mbira1.jpgZimbabwean mbira groups are set to perform at a traditional music festival to be held this month in Zambia.

 

The festival will mark the appreciation of mbira and other forms of traditional music by other African countries.

The mbira instrument has been played by a number of local traditional artists for a period spanning over centuries.

 

This has led to the instrument being adopted in the region as a heritage.

 

This month, Zimbabwean mbira groups are set to perform at a traditional music festival to be held in Lusaka, Zambia.

 

National Arts Merit Awards winner and cultural ambassadors Maungira Enharira, who recently launched their fifth production, Ndodyiwa Nemakawa, will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwean music.

 

It is hoped that the groups representing Zimbabwe will showcase various mbira instruments such as Nhovapasi, Nheketo, duririo, and hweva.

 

In Zimbabwe, mbira music used to be played during years of good harvest and in times of remembering  ancestors and to this day it remains a treasure to the Shona people.

The mbira dza vadzimu is very significant in all cultural aspects and is considered a sacred instrument by traditionalists.

It is usually played to facilitate communication with the ancestral.

In Shona music, the mbira dzavadzimu, which means ‘voice of the ancestors’, is a musical instrument that has been played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe for hundreds of years.

The mbira dzavadzimu is frequently played at religious ceremonies and social gatherings called mabira.

Throughout Africa, mbira music is one of the most ancient and popular traditional forms of music.