- Maraire, Dumisani; Maraire, Nkosana Arthur; Chiorah, Lorah
- Dumisani Maraire recordings: The African Mbira
- 2 audiotapes : EC - 1 reel (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7"); WT - 1 reel (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 10"); Duration: 00:52:30
- Collection Number
- Copy of Dumisani Maraire's commercial recording: "The African Mbira: Music of the Shona People of Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe]".
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
- Access Restrictions
Access is restricted.
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; Nkosana Maraire/hosho, voice; Laralue Sukutai Chiorah/voice.
Contents: Side A of record: 1. Kana ndoda, 2. Tipe timbozwa, 3. Misorodzi; Side B of record: 1. Gumbu kumbu, 2. Ninibaba, 3. Urombo; 2 untitled pieces follow above listed items.
Documentation: Photo-copy of record jacket notes.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 8
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Folk songs, Shona
- Mbira music
- Shona Music
- Shona--Africa--Southern Africa
- Chiorah, Lorah
- Maraire, Dumisani
- Maraire, Nkosana Arthur
Form or Genre Terms
- Sound Recordings