Dumisani Maraire lecture recording, 1977-02-01  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Title
Dumisani Maraire lecture recording
Dates
1977-02-01
Quantity
2 audiotapes  :  OT - 1 reel; WT - 1 reel (7 1/2 ips, 2 tr. stereo, 10"); Duration: 00:46:45
Collection Number
1977061
Summary
Lecture on the music of Africa and ethnomusicology, with musical examples from Zimbabwe played on mbira by Dumisani Maraire, recorded at the University of Washington, 2/1/77.
Repository
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
98195-3450
Telephone: 206-543-0974
ethnoarc@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Access is restricted.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Abraham Dumisani "Dumi" Maraire (1944-1999) was a Zimbabwean musician and singer-songwriter known for his mastery of the mbira, a traditional instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. In particular, he specialized in the form of mbira called nyunga nyunga.

Maraire was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and studied music from an early age. From 1968 to 1972, he taught at the University of Washington in Seattle, and later taught at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. In 1982 he returned to Zimbabwe to create an ethnomusicology program at the University of Zimbabwe. He then came back to Seattle and the University of Washington to teach and obtain his doctorate in ethnomusicology. He died in Zimbabwe in 1999 of a stroke.

Maraire is often credited as having introduced Zimbabwean music to North America, as well as cultivating the Zimbabwean music scene in the Pacific Northwest. His children, Chiwoniso Maraire and Tendai "Baba" Maraire are both musicians, the latter forming half of Seattle hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces.

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

Contents: General lecture on the music of Africa and ethnomusicology, with musical examples from Zimbabwe played on mbira by Dumisani Maraire.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description
1977061-0001
1 audiotape : Audio Reel

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Mbira
  • Mbira music
  • Music--Zimbabwe
  • Geographical Names :
  • Africa
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Zimbabwe
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Lecture
  • Lecture
  • Sound Recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Maraire, Dumisani (performer)