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Matemai Mbira Group
Empty Sea Studios
Seattle, WA
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Matemai Mbira Group
Matemai Mbira Group is one of the top traditional mbira ensembles in Harare, Zimbabwe. Based in Chitungwiza township, the group takes its name from the totem of leader and featured vocalist Newton Cheza Chozengwa (also known as Newton Gwara or simply Matemai). American fans of mbira music know Matemai, former leader of the Nheravauya Brothers Mbira and Marimba ensembles, from his many recordings for and Mhumhi Records.  Possessed of a pure, silken voice, Matemais soaring spirit-filled vocals capture the heart of all who hear him. This 2009 tour is Matemais long-awaited first visit to the US.

Touring with Matemai is Tinirai Jonathan Simboti Mazura (b. 1975), a virtuosic young member of Matemai Mbira Group.  Mazura plays the nhungudzo or lead mbira, while Matemai plays the large, deep-voiced bass mbira (dinhidza), interweaving intricate counter-rhythms and bass lines into the mix.



Empty Sea Studios
6300 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States



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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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