One hot evening in Dar es Salaam, our lives were suddenly changed. Sitting on the floor with his back to the wall was a man. He is strong in every way, that was certain form afar.
He was singing softly, eyes front and very distant. But his fingers - if only you could see them - were moving everything with the Mbira. His dexterity is astounding, the velocity equally impressive. You will not see his fingers for hours on end, only a flesh colored blur against the shining metal keys.
Garikayi has created new Mbira tuning's which have come to him in dreams. These new instruments allow him to play all traditional tunings in unison, creating an Mbira Orchestra.
His virtuosity on every instrument makes him an mbira force, an endless surging river of Mbira urging all people to remember their ancestor's wisdoms, and not to throw them away.
Garikayi is also renowned the world over for the Mbira he builds.
In 2001 this mbira master, Garikayi Tirikoti, decided to record his music in our studio, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He also gave us permission to show his music and great talents to as many people as possible.
Garikayi Tirikoti is an mbira revolutionary, intensifying the experience and sound of mbira music. Fill your sails with Mbira music, the gentle mbira force, Garikayi Tirikoti.
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