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Zimbabwean Mbira (Thumb Piano) | Summer 2022

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Mbira Workshop – Standard

Good news – the Mbira workshop for 2022 is here! Your teachers Linos Wengara and Tim Lloyd have a lifetime's experience with Zimbabwean traditional music and spiritual culture. 

When: Mon 20th - Fri 24th June, 18:30 - 20:30 BST

Where: G51 on the ground floor of SOAS main building

Delivery: In-person

Level: Beginner, but offers progression & deeper insight for intermediates

Mbira, the national instrument of Zimbabwe, is used in Shona spiritual ceremonies to call upon the spirits passed down through generations, through a repertoire of ancient songs. More recently, it has also found its way into popular music.

In this wonderful course, you will:

🇿🇼 learn some of those ancient songs, progressing to add vocals & variations

🇿🇼 study new ways of hearing melodies & polyrhythms

🇿🇼 discuss the spiritual meanings & culture of Mbira music


Original instruments will be available for use or purchase.


Course Code

Mbira Summer 22

Course Leader

Tim Lloyd, Linos Wengara Magaya
Course Description


Meet your instructor

Born in Zimbabwe, Linos enjoyed much demand for spiritual sessions as a young mbira player. He came to England in 1997 and has since played with artits like Chartwell Dutiro, Stella Chiweshe and Thomas Mapfumo as well as establishing his own groups, and leading regular workshops. 

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Mbira Workshop – Standard