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Robert Garfias film recordings: Dumisani Maraire/mbira, 1969-01-09
- Grinstead, Dan; Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
- Robert Garfias film recordings: Dumisani Maraire/mbira
- 2 items : EC - 1 vct (VHS, stereo, color); WD - 1 DVD (digital, stereo); Duration: 00:05:00
- Collection Number
- Mbira performance by Zimbabwean musician Dumisani Maraire, filmed in a studio session at the University of Washington Music Building, Room 52, 1/9/69.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
- Access Restrictions
Access is restricted.
- English, Shona
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.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.
- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Video copy of original unpublished 16mm film footage produced by Robert Garfias and Dan Grinstead, UW Ethnomusicology Archives; for audio originals see collection 69-16 (includes tuning demonstration not filmed).
Contents: Dumisani Maraire nyunga nyunga mbira, voice: 1) Daindakaziwa - "If only I Had Known"; 2) Mutandari - Traditional dance song (these 2 songs are accompanied by nyunga nyunga mbira set in gourd resonator) (music of Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia)
Total duration = 5:00; picture cuts out at 4:54.
Transferred to video 10/01; digitized 11/2008 and copied to DVD.
Documentation: Film log
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 2
Video copy of original unpublished 16 mm film footage produced by Robert Garfias and Dan Grinstead, UW Ethnomusicology Archives; for audio originals see collection 69-16 (includes tuning demonstration not filmed). Contents: Dumisani Maraire/nyunga nyunga mbira, voice: 1) Daindakaziwa - "If only I Had Known"; 2) Mutandari - Traditional dance song (these 2 songs are accompanied by nyunga nyunga mbira set in gourd resonator) (Total duration: 5:00) Transferred to video 10/01.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Folk songs, Shona
- Shona Music
- Shona--Africa--Southern Africa
- Songs, Shona
- Music Building (Seattle, Wash.)
- Seattle (Wash.)
Form or Genre Terms
- Video recordings
- Maraire, Dumisani (performer)