Yarira MBIRA! (Play the mbira) is a series of introductory classes on the music and tradition of the mbira.

This is an ancient instrument that is considered to have the power to comfort and protect those who experience it. The music of the mbira is also considered to have the ability to bring healing and connection to the greater community.

The word “mbira” (pronounced “mm-bee-rah”) refers both to the instrument itself and to the mystical form of music conceptualized by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The instrument and its repertoire can be traced back well over 1000 years. As it has been in existence for so many generations, the instrument is often referred to as mbira dzavadzimu, or “mbira of our ancestors”. Mbira-like instruments are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa in various shapes, sizes and configurations, but the mbira dzavadzimu is quite unique, with its own exclusive canon of songs.

Join us!

Every other Monday
7:00pm – 8:00pm

October 19
November 2, 16, 30
December 7, 14,

January 4, 25
February 1, 15,  29
March 14, 28
April 11, 25

Drop-in: $10 per class for each group lesson

Instruments available to borrow during class or for purchase. Instruments are not available for loan.

Welcome and Mbira Presentation
Sunday, October 18th, 2015, 5 – 7:00PM

Community Celebration and Student Performance
Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 3 – 5:00PM

For more information visit - http://www.mahea.com/yarira-mbira/

Yarira MBIRA! © is made possible by City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program,
in partnership with MBIRA.org