Claire Jones collection, 1999-2000  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Jones, Claire
Claire Jones collection
1999-2000 (inclusive)
14 videotapes  :  2001-3.1-2, 4-7 OT - 6 vcts (PAL, VHS, stereo, color); 2001-3.3 Dub - 1 vct (NTSC, VHS, stereo, color); 2001-3.1-7 EC - 7 vcts (S-VHS, stereo, color); Duration: 7:30:00
Collection Number
Recordings collected and acquired by Claire Jones during her fieldwork in Zimbabwe 1999-2000. All original videos in PAL format and copied to NTSC format.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Claire Jones is a lecturer in the Ethnomusicology program at the Univeristy of Washington School of Music.

Jones, who served in 2015 as visiting mbira instructor for the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Division, began studying Zimbabwean music in 1976 with the late Dumisani Maraire; Dr. Maraire was the first Visiting Artist to teach Zimbabwean mbira and marimba at the UW (and North America). Claire became a member of the traditional mbira group Mhuri Yekwa Muchena while living in Zimbabwe in the late 1980s, and is the author of "Making Music: Musical Instruments in Zimbabwe Past and Present" (Baobab/Academic Books 1992). She completed her doctoral degree at UW in 2006 with a dissertation on the modern Zimbabwean marimba. Her Seattle-based group Mahonyera Mbira Ensemblehas been together since 1991.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top


.1 - ZBC program, 08/31/00, Mutinimhira Wernimhanzi: This Day in History (59:00)

.2 - Marimba Builders Launch, 12/99 (52:01)

.3 - On the Edge-Improvisation in Music, BBC (1:16:48)

.4 - Fishers of Men & Charles Charamba, 2000 (1:30:00)

.5 - Zimbabwe Township Music 1930s to 1960s (55:00)

.6 - Millenium Star Tracks Vol.1, 1999 (1:02:11)

.7 - Discover Zimbabwe, 1993 (1:00:00)

Documentation: Photo-copies of videotape jackets

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
2001003-0001: Mutinimhira Wernimhanzi; This Day In History (ZBC)
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 2
Recorded from Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. (ZBC) tv broadcast. 1. Music show 2. 2-minute pre-news report (background music is Dumi Maraire)
2001003-0002: Marimba Builders Launch
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 1
Event recorded by Claire Jones; includes performance by Harare Marimba Ensemble
2001003-0003: On the Edge: Improvisation in Music (BBC)
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 1
Unlike the other tapes in this collection, the original tape #3 was not deposited; the Archives copies are labeled EC (S-VHS) and Dub (VHS). "On the Edge: Improvisation in Music" [series] Programme 4 "Nothin' Premeditated"; BBC, Channel 4, 1991; documentary produced and directed by Jeremy Marre; Copy authorized by Keith Goddard of Kunzwana Trust; emphasis on Zimbabwe traditions - Shona mbira and Tonga Ngoma Bundibe; Performers include: Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Chaha Chawasarira and Zenga Karimba Ensemble.
2001003-0004: Fishers of Men & Charles Charamba
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 1
Title on tape jacket: Vhuserere (Wind of Revival)
2001003-0005: Zimbabwe Township Music; 1930s to 1960s
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 1
Produced and directed by Joyce Makwenda. Distributed in Africa by Media for Development Trust.
2001003-0006: Millenium Star Tracks Vol. 1
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 12
Complied by George Nyatanga. Includes performances by numerous musicians.
2001003-0007: Discover Zimbabwe
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 1
Title on video jacket: Discover Zimbabwe: Africa Spectacular. "The Blood-curling dances and classical beat of the SHANGAAN people take you back in time memorial, whilst the MKISHI tribe portrays the interaction between nature and human beings living close to the eternal soul and mystery of the African continent. The deep-rooted cultural inheritance of various Zimbabwean tribes expressed in music and dance is Africa at its rawest and most exciting".

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folk songs, Shona
  • Improvisation (Music)
  • Marimba music
  • Mbira music
  • Music--Zimbabwe
  • Shona Music
  • Shona--Africa--Southern Africa
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Geographical Names :
  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Documentary television programs
  • Ethnographic television programs
  • Field recordings
  • News recordings
  • Nonfiction television programs
  • Television programs
  • Video recordings