Event Details
Concert of Shona music for mbira (African thumb piano) by Jennifer Kyker ’02
Event Type:Music
Location:Pratt Hall, McCulloch Auditorium
 
Friday, February 07, 2014
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Contact:
Michele Scanlon
Title Url:https://www.mtholyoke.edu/media/alum-performs-mbira-music-february-7
Department:Music

Ethnomusicologist Jennifer Kyker ’02 will perform Shona music for the mbira dzavadzimu, or African thumb piano.

Kyker, a teacher at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, studied Shona music while living in Zimbabwe. Mbira—the name of both the instrument and the music—has been played for more than 1,000 years by the Shona people, a group that forms the majority of the population of Zimbabwe and extends into Mozambique.

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