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Saturday, October 22, 2011 Options
Cosmas Magaya

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Cosmas Magaya photographed by ethnomusicologist Paul Berliner in the 1970s
and a more recent photo with a peek inside the mbira.

Cosmas Magaya is one of the greatest master mbira players of Zimbabwe, a renowned keeper and teacher of deeply spiritual centuries old Shona traditions. He famously collaborated with ethnomusicologist Paul Berliner: He's heard on Berliner's classic Nonesuch Explorer field recording LP Shona Mbira Music and helped Berliner research the equally classic book Soul of Mbira. In Zimbabwe he is leader of the esteemed mbira ensemble Mhuri yekwaMagaya.

This great master is here in New York for series of mbira, percussion and singing workshops and concerts from October 21 to 27.

Cosmas will perform at a house concert in Brooklyn on Sunday from 5-7 pm. For info on this concert and remaining workshops, and to make reservations, email norabalaban AT gmail DOT com.

cosmas, magaya, nonesuch explorer, paul berliner, mbira, hosho, zimbabwe, shona

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Muhuri Ye Kwa Rwizi Ensemble: Taivara I Options / Shona Mbira Music / Nonesuch Explorer
Featuring Cosmas Magaya

Cosmas Magaya and Friends Live on WFMU: Wake up and Let's Go Options

Cosmas Magaya and Friends Live on WFMU:

Cosmas Magaya and Friends Live on WFMU Live on WFMU: Bangiza Options

Muhuri Ye Kwa Rwizi Ensemble: Nyamaropa Options / Various Artists: Soul of Mbira / Nonesuch

Cheick Hamala Diabate: Mali de Nou Options / Ake Doni Doni - Take it Slow / Grigri Discs

Mandingo Ambassadors: 15 Ans Options / Radio NYC - Live at WKCR / Compele

Fool's Gold: Bark and Bite Options / Leave No Trace / I Am Sound / *

Frente Cumbiero: Bestiales 77 Options / Frente Cumbiero Meets Mad Professor / Vampisoul / *

Nation Beat: Sebastiana Options / Growing Stone / Barbes / *

Beausoleil: One Iota Options / L'Echo / *

Flor Pucarina: Sola Siempre Sola Options / ¡Sola... Siempre Sola!

Lucia Pulido: Track 2 Options / Palenque

CHIA's Dance Party: Pata e Palo Options / CHIA's Dance Party

Tomas Einarsson: El Gato Tuerto Options / Live!

Hector Lavoe: Que Bien te Ves Options / La Voz / Fania
Yomo Toro, Cuatro

Fania All Stars: Ponte Duro Options / Our Latin Thing (Live at the Cheetah) / Fania

Horoya Band: Sabougnouma Options / Various Artists: Afro Latin via Conakry / Discograph

Etienne Charles: My Landlady Options / Kaiso
Recorded in Hoboken! (At the venerable Water Music.)

Lord Kitchener: Kitch's Bebop Calypso Options / Various Artists: London is the Place For Me / Honest Jons

The Maytals: It's You Options / The Sensational Maytals / 1965

Barney Rachabane: Sunday Special Options

Stampore: I Don't Come Options

Mighty Popo: Impangaza Options / Gakondo / Borealis / *

Guelewar: Balla Jigi Options / Halleli N'Dakarou / Halleli N'Dakarou / *
Live in Dakar 1982

Listener comments!

  Sat. 10/22/11 6:14pm Marmalade Kitty:

awesome song/song title!
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:19pm Marmalade Kitty:

'evening Rob! looking forward to Cosmas Magaya
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:28pm Caryn:

I'm kind of curious to know if Cosmas always plays the same kind of mbira (as there are different types and sizes of mbira and sansa) or has he ever played for example the gwenambira?
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:34pm Marmalade Kitty:

I'd love to get kitted out with some of these instruments :)
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:34pm Ike:

This sounds GREAT!
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:34pm Marmalade Kitty:

Do you play Rob?
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:35pm Marmalade Kitty:

Caryn do you play? :)
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:38pm Your DJ:

  Sat. 10/22/11 6:38pm Marmalade Kitty:

so sweet
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:47pm Jim B:

Has Cosmas ever played with Thomas Mapfumo?
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:48pm Marmalade Kitty:

Ioving the backing vocals
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:50pm Marmalade Kitty:

Yay!! :) peace
  Sat. 10/22/11 6:52pm Marmalade Kitty:

Thanks Cosmas Magaya, Rob!!
  Sat. 10/22/11 7:07pm Mitten John:

Cosmas and his mbira worked some magic here--just finished installing a new sink faucet with no leaks on the first attempt! Unprecedented!
  Sat. 10/22/11 7:23pm Marmalade Kitty:

nice one John!
  Sat. 10/22/11 7:55pm Your DJ:

@Jim B if you're still around - I don't think Cosmas would've played with Mapfumo - but according to Banning Eyre, Mapfumo's biographer, Mapfumo based four songs on songs found on the Nonesuch Explorer CD that Cosmas played on, "Shona Mbira Music". See Banning's article here:
  Sat. 10/22/11 8:25pm Marmalade Kitty:

great stuff here! Mr. Weisburg thanks
  Sat. 10/22/11 8:45pm Your DJ:

Thanks Marmalade Kitty!
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