Matemai Mbira Group | Shanda Ugarike

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Shanda Ugarike

by Matemai Mbira Group

Matemai is a respected master musician, singer and instrument maker from Zimbabwe. A self-taught musician, he has developed his own musical style with his complex mbira arrangements and striking voice that can pierce hearts and the heavens.
Genre: World: Mbira
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2. Shanda Ugarike (Work Hard)
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3. Mbirimo (Rich Man)
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4. Shumba Inorura (Dangerous Lions)
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5. Gomo RaMutare (Mutare Mountain)
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6. Chapungu Nditakure (Eagle Carry Me)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MATEMAI MBIRA GROUP "Shanda Ugarike"

Musicians:
Newton Cheza Chozengwa “Matemai” • Lead Vocals, Bass Mbira (Dinhidza)
Lameck Putse “Mhofu” • Backing Vocals, Rhythm Mbira (Mhiti)
Tinarwo Mazhambe “Tembo Mazvimbakupa” • Backing Vocals, Hosho, Lead Mbira (Nhungudzo)
Ellen Seremwe (Mrs. Matemai) • Backing Vocals

Matemai has performed music professionally for over 25 years, and has released numerous recordings (under the name Newton Gwara and with his group Nheravauya) with varied arrangements from electric fusion to traditional mbira. He is adept at playing mbira as well as marimba and electric guitar. After some time, Matemai finally decided to refocus his music on the pure sound of the mbira. Matemai Mbira Group’s last CD “Harinamunda” was released in 2008, also with his first tour in the USA.

Today Matemai is a respected elder gwenyambira (mbira player), and is in demand to perform at mapira (spirit possession ceremonies) and is also called upon to play for powerful spirits like Ambuya Nehanda. Aside from performing music, Matemai is also an accomplished instrument maker, and has hand constructed mbiras, marimbas, electric guitars, among other things. Today his mbiras are sought out internationally by the global mbira community.

Matemai was born 1952 in Mhondoro reserve, central Zimbabwe, and later moved to Dande, in the northeast to the region of the Korekore. At a young age, he was so taken with mbira music that he would constantly hear it, even when no one was playing nearby. It was also difficult for him to concentrate on his studies because he also had visions of mbira appear to him in his waking life.

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Mbira music is an ancient music played by certain groups of Shona people who live in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. At its origin, mbira’s main function is to communicate with the spirit world, its sound opens up the space for trance-possession. During ceremonies, people are able to get advice and wisdom from their ancestors through spirit mediums. Today in Zimbabwe the mbira is still actively used in traditional ceremonies, as well as for general entertainment at concerts, or in government and other social community events.
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The trio of mbiras played on this album, Dinhidza, Mhiti, & Nhungudzo, have the same names and roles as the drums played in Zimbabwe (bass, rhythm, lead). These tunings have existed and were played many years ago, and are still continued to be played today. The Mhiti and Nhunguzo mbiras are in njari magonde which is a dongonda tuning. The Dinhidza mbira is a nyamaropa tuning.

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The majority of proceeds from this album will go directly to artist.


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Becca

Beautiful
This CD is fantastic....beautiful music, wonderful vocals, professionally mastered.