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Mission Statement

MBIRA is a non-profit organization that celebrates and helps to sustain the ancient musical traditions of Zimbabwe. MBIRA supports Zimbabwean musicians and instrument makers, and their families, through worldwide Zimbabwean music education, recordings, and performances. In a country with over 80% unemployment, this provides critical support in the daily struggle for survival. MBIRA has also created the largest archive of Shona mbira music in the world, which is a permanent resource for generations to come.

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Located in central Berkeley, CA, MBIRA makes recordings of traditional Zimbabwean musicians, and Zimbabwean instruments, available to the world, thus supporting over 250 musicians and instrument makers in Zimbabwe. MBIRA offers Zimbabwean music workshops, lessons, and concerts, as well as school presentations in the U.S. Through donations, MBIRA has provided sets of traditional mbira instruments to schools in Zimbabwe, so that the endangered mbira tradition can be taught to school children. MBIRA sponsors and organizes tours by traditional Zimbabwean musicians.

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http://www.mbira.org

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