UW Ethnomusicology Archives session recordings: Dumisani Maraire 001, 1969-01-09  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert; Grinstead, Dan; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives session recordings: Dumisani Maraire 001
3 items  :  Original tape (OT) - 1 open reel (15 ips, full-track, 7 in.); Working disc (WD) - 1 compact disc (digital, stereo); 1 WAV file (48 kHz, 24-bit)
Collection Number
Session recording of musician Dumisani Maraire, recorded at the University of Washington Music Building, Room 52, 1969 January 9. Collected by the university's Ethnomusicology Archives.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
Access Restrictions

Access is restricted.

English, Shona

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives has been collecting and curating unique ethnographic music recordings for over 50 years. Its holdings of more than 15,000 items include field recordings documenting music traditions of all kinds from most areas of the world, concert recordings of visiting musicians, and films and videos of a variety of musical events, as well as several hundred musical instruments. The Archives serves the students and faculty in the UW Ethnomusicology Program, the broader university community, Pacific Northwest tribes, and an international clientele of musicians, students, and teachers.

Archival recordings are available for on-site listening. Depending on collection deposit agreements, copies of some materials may be obtained by researchers. Students are particularly encouraged to utilize archival materials to assist with class projects and help prepare for their own field work. The Archives employs several students each year and works informally with most ethnomusicology students as they begin to consider recording format options, equipment purchase, the practical problems of documentation in the field, and other issues related to their research. Students and other researchers are invited to deposit their field collections in the Archives, which offers secure storage and computer catalog access to all materials.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Recorded by Robert Garfias and Dan Grinstead.

Performer: Dumisani Maraire/Nyunga Nyunga mbira, Dzavadzimu mbira, voice (music of the Shona people of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe)

Duration: 7:33.


A. (Film) Voice and Mbira: 1) Daindakaziwa - "If only I had Known" (2:12), 2) Mutandari - traditional dance song (2:52) (these two songs are accompanied by Nyunga Nyunga mbira set in gourd resonator).

B. (No film) Nyunga Nyunga Mbira ("played by common people"): 1) Tuning - each tone of mbira played from right to left; first bottom row, then top (in calabash resonator), 2) Tuning - as in #1 but without the calabash resonator, 3) Playing pattern (with resonator);

C. (No film) Dzavadzimu mbira (played for spirits): 1) Tuning - without resonator - same procedure as B1 and B2.

Related collection: see 2001-33.1 for VHS and DVD copies of the complete film portion of the session.

Transmission Data: Digital file created February 2013 - 69-16.1.wav (48 kHz, 24-bit); Work tape (WT) copy de-acquisitioned February 2013

Documentation: Film log book

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Original tapesReturn to Top

1 audiotapes
Reel 1

Working discsReturn to Top

1 optical media
1969016-0001: CD 1

WAV filesReturn to Top

1 audio files
Digital file 1

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Mbira
  • Shona--Africa--Southern Africa
  • Songs, Shona
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Geographical Names :
  • Africa
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Zimbabwe
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Video recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Maraire, Dumisani (performer)