Our Courses

Mhararano Mbira Academy of Life through Music and the Arts' offers people from all walks of life the opportunity to learn the mbira and to share Zimbabwean indigenous knowledge and community gatherings.

Click here to download our 2014 Academy Prospectus which contains details of all our courses and workshops.

  • Workshops

    - 'Building Bridges - Singing with the Ancestors' Community Singing Choir with Chartwell Dutiro and Yvette Staelens every Thursday from 11.00 to 13.00, Studio 20, Dartington: £5 (£3 concessions and for Academy Members)

    - Mbira playing in Mhararano Studio, Tuesday evenings, Dartington from 7pm until 9pm: £5 (£3 concessions and for Academy Members)

    - All day mbira,...

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  • Practical and Theoretical Courses

    - Mbira playing; for complete newcomers to the mbira and the art of music and to those who already play mbira or other musical instruments.

    - African history, particularly that of Zimbabwe and her relationship with the rest of the world

    - Community singing

    - Hosho, rhythm and percussion

    - Zimbabwean Shona studies and poetic arts

    - Guitar mbira style

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  • Residential Courses

    - Clan Mbira - an annual gathering in Scotland, this year from 23th February to the 27th February 2012: £220

    - Zimbabwe in Devon Camp - an annual gathering in North Devon, this year from 26th June to the 2nd July 2012: £260

    - The possibility of residential gatherings and courses at Dartington, the home of 'Mhararano', throughout the year for small or large groups.


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  • Short Courses

    - A day long course of Zimbabwean Shona Studies and Poetic Arts, with Chenjerai Shiri at Mhararano, Dartington on Saturday 24th March 2012: £25 including lunch

    - 'Earth Dances', Pan African dance with Denise Rowe at Mhararano, Studio 20, Dartington on Thursday 1st March from 10:00 to 11:00hrs: £7 (£5 concessions)

    - 'Voices of Ancestors' Pan-African Workshop with Chartwell...

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