Dumisani Maraire recording session, 1973-09  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Chiorah, Lorah; Maraire, Dumisani
Dumisani Maraire recording session
2 items  :  EC - 1 reel; WD - 1 compact disc (digital, stereo); Duration: 00:38:00
Collection Number
Performance by Dumisani Maraire (mbira, voice) and Lorah Chiorah (voice) recorded September 1973; location unknown.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
Access Restrictions

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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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Performers: Dumisani Maraire/mbira, voice; Lorah Chiorah/voice; additional mbira, vocals and hosho by students? (music of Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia)

Note on "EC" tape box: "Recorded Sep' 73 JHJ (originally)"; "Dumi Mbira Rec Session"

Work Disc Duration: 38:00

Additional information supplied by Claire Jones, 11/93.

Transmission Data: Digital file created 11/2008 - 73-34.1.aif (48 kHz, 24-bit).

Work Tape de-acquisitioned 11/2008 (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 10")

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1 optical media : CD - unpublished; Tracks: 6

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folk songs, Shona
  • Mbira
  • Mbira music
  • Music--Zimbabwe
  • Shona Music
  • Shona--Africa--Southern Africa
  • Songs, Shona
  • Vocal

Geographical Names

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound Recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Chiorah, Lorah (performer)
    • Maraire, Dumisani (performer)