UW Ethnomusicology Archives recordings: Shona Music, 1971-01-03  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives recordings: Shona Music
4 items  :  Original tapes (OT) - 2 open reels (15 ips, stereo, 1/2 track, 7 in.); Working tapes (WT) - 2 open reels (7 1/2 ips, stereo, 1/2 track, 7 in.)
Collection Number
Performance of shona music, recorded 1971 January 3, 1971. Location of performance is not noted (probably University of Washington Music Building). Collected by the University of Washington's Ethnomusicology Archives.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


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

Dumisani Maraire was consulted about this collection in June 1990 and said it appeared to be from the time of the recording session for Nonesuch H-72043, "The African Mbira: Music of the Shona People of Rhodesia," published in 1971.

These five items do not correspond to the six items on that record, though at least one appears to be a different take of one of them. Perhaps these were outtakes. Personnel is the same as that on the record, and the recordings were done about the same time.

Performers: Dumisani Maraire/mbira, voice; Nkosana Maraire/hosho, voice; Lorah Chiorah/voice (music of Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia)

Duration (WT): 00:26:51

For tape copy of Nonesuch H-72043 see collection 71020.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Original tapesReturn to Top

2 audiotapes
Reel 1
Reel 2

Working tapesReturn to Top

2 audiotapes
Reel 3
Reel 4

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Mbira
  • Shona Music
  • 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
    • Chiorah, Lorah (performer)
    • Maraire, Dumisani (performer)
    • Maraire, Nkosana Arthur (performer)