HARARE – Top Zimbabwean mbira ensemble Mawungira eNharira will on Friday night unite with one of Harare’s most legendary bands Vibe Culture, for an electric night of mbira music.
Led by Nyamasvisva, Mawungira eNharira are Zimbabwe’s reigning mbira ensemble with a fearsome reputation for making audiences dance the night away.
They will be accompanied by Vibe Culture, the well-known and popular backing band of the late mbira queen, Chiwoniso Maraire. The two bands will play tonight celebrating the music and legacy of Chiwoniso Maraire.
Mbira guru Nyamasvisva leads the popular Mawungira eNharira collective that includes four gwenyambiras (mbira players), a traditional drummer and three hosho players (traditional shakers) through alternately lively and sombre traditional songs that are steeped in the tradition of mbira music from time immemorial.
Throughout their career, Nyamasvisva and Mawungira eNharira have released 5 albums. Their sixth is due to be released at the end of this month, entitled Bvunza Mutupo.
The band has toured all over the world notably in South Africa, Zambia, China and the USA.
This performance will be the first time that Vibe Culture, Chiwoniso Maraire’s band, will be on stage without the now late mbira star.
Their performance will be homage to Maraire, who performed for most of her career with the band Vibe Culture.
To mark this occasion, Nyamasvisva says that tonight is the time to remember and celebrate Maraire and all mbira players for the role they play in communities and in music across the country.
Vibe Culture will take the stage first, with an hour-long acoustic set followed by an hour-long electric set of “chimurenga” music.
Backing vocalist Rumbi Tawaziva will take centre stage for the first time, performing a mix of her own songs as well as renditions of Maraire’s classic, hit songs.