Mhararano presently offers practical classes, workshops and courses ranging from one hour to a week in length, in traditional mbira playing and related aspects of Zimbabwean culture. There are also regular performances and occasional exhibitions.

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  • Voices of Ancestors Concert

    Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus
    Friday 31 May 2013, 11am to 11.45am
    Please arrive by 10.45am for a prompt start.

    Join Chartwell Dutiro for an interactive live music event where you will find out more about the amazing mbira and hear songs of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. This ancient traditional instrument from South East Africa is made of hand forged...

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    Tuesday 25 June - Monday 1 July
    Master mbira player Chartwell Dutiro's popular Mbira course returns this summer.

    Whether you are a total beginner and want to learn mbira, or already play and want the opportunity to play with others and learn more, this weekend offers the chance to:
    - learn mbira melodies and songs, Shona...

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    28th February - 4th March 2013
    Mbira and song in the heart of Scotland

    Mast mbira player Chartwell Dutiro returns for the 7th year running to the cosy Wester Caputh Hostel ( near Dunkeld, Perthshire, with delicious catering including Zimbabwean food.

    Whether you are a total beginner and want to learn mbira, or already play and want the opportunity to...

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  • Mhararano Mbira Academy Launch

    Friday 27 January 2012

    Full Programme of Events:

    10am Welcome and Introduction - Chartwell Dutiro and Denise Rowe with mbira and song in Studio 20

    10.30am - 5pm Mbira playing and workshops in the Mhararano Studio above Studio 20. All welcome

    Morning workshops for local school children in Studio 20

    10.30am - 11.15am Percussion workshop with Amanda Pickering


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  • Kusanganisa Festival of Sacred Performing Arts

    Autumn 2012

    'Kusanganisa' will be our first Festival of Sacred Performing Arts from Zimbabwe and Britain celebrating music, song, poetry, drama, dance and story telling. There will be performances and workshops for all levels of skills and experience, talks, debates and discussions and a specific schools programme.

  • Mbira in Bruchhausen

    September 2012

    'Mbira in Bruchhausen Germany'

  • Voices of Ancestors Pan African Workshop

    'Voices of Ancestors Pan African Workshop' with Chartwell Dutiro and Denise Rowe occuring through out the year with dates to follow.

    These workshops explore the meeting ground between music and movement through Shona mbira singing style, Pan African dance and hands-on mbira playing.

  • Roots Music Night

    Friday Evenings Once a Month from 7pm - 9pm

    A 'Roots Music Night' featuring mbira music from Zimbabwe by Academy Director and Master Mbira player Chartwell Dutiro with the Devon mbira gang. Also, invited special guest musicians from Devon and beyond.

    Studio 20 at Dartington Space.

  • Community Singing

    Every Thursday from 11am - 1pm

    Community Singing 'Building Bridges-Singing with the Ancestors Choir' singing Zimbabwean and English traditional songs with Chartwell Dutiro and Yvette Staelens.

  • Mhararano Open Days

    Every Wednesday

    An all day 'open day' at Mhararano, playing mbira and singing for newcomers to the mbira and for those who already play.

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