Zimbabwean Mbira Master, COSMAS MAGAYA will be in residency in NYC, July 5-10
- Zimbabwean Mbira Master, COSMAS MAGAYA will be in residency in NYC,
July 5th thru July 10th! He will be presenting Mbira, Hosho and
Singing workshops and performing two concerts in NYC and
Westchester. Please check calendar for concerts and schedule for
workshops at :
in order to reserve time in all workshops.
Shona mbira music from Zimbabwe is one of the most soulful sounds on
the African continent. Originally used in spirit possession
ceremonies, the iron-pronged mbira (thumb piano), produces music
which is rhythmically charged enough to keep people dancing through
all-night ceremonies. The Shona believe the beauty of the music
attracts the ancestors' spirits.
Cosmas Magaya is a renowned Zimbabwean mbira player and teacher.
Raised in the rural areas surrounding Mhondoro, he appears in the
recordings of musicologist Paul Berliner's The Soul of Mbira
released by Nonesuch Records. He assisted Dr. Berliner with the
field research for a book on the traditional mbira music of
Zimbabwe, The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona
People of Zimbabwe. Cosmas Magaya is a master of the instrument,
having studied with many great players. He has performed with the
renowned Mhuri yekwa Rwizi mbira group for over 25 years,
participating with them in concert tours of Europe and the US. He is
a great teacher of this music and is able to pass on the traditions
and music of this culture in a clear and concise way. As an elder,
he is one of the most respected Mbira Players in all of Zimbabwe.
Mbira (the name of both the instrument and the music) is mystical
music which has been played for thousands of years by the Shona
people of Zimbabwe. Mbira pervades all aspects of Shona culture,
both sacred and secular. Its most important function is as a
"telephone to the spirits", used to contact both deceased ancestors
and tribal guardians, at all-night bira ceremonies. At these
ceremonies, vadzimu, including midzimu (spirits of family
ancestors), mhondoro (spirits of deceased chiefs) and makombwe (the
most powerful guardian spirits of the Shona), give guidance on
family and community matters.
COSMAS MAGAYA in Concert
Sunday July 7th 730pm Sliding scale $10-$20
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery NYC