A Journey Through The Mbira

Tanaka Samantha Chikati2021

African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy
Roodepoort, South Africa

Tanaka plays three traditional songs on the nyunganyunga mbira in this performance. The first one is “Nhemamusasa”, a traditional song that was sung during the farming season. The second one is called “Vana vanogwara”, a traditional song that is calling to the ancestors for help as children are suffering and they need ancestral help. The third song is called “Ndoende Kariba”, which is a song by a Zimbabwean artist called Thomas Mapfumo. It talks about how he hopes to travel to a town called ‘Kariba’ to see a woman he met who was so beautiful. Tanaka learnt how to play these songs between the ages of 10 and 16.


  • Title: A Journey Through The Mbira
  • Creator: Tanaka Samantha Chikati
  • Date Created: 2021
  • Location Created: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Rights: Tanaka Samantha Chikati
  • Medium: Music
  • Wadrobe: Cecilia Chikati
  • Videographer: Cecilia Chikati
  • Teacher: Richard Matimba
  • Curated By: Towela "Kams" Tembo
  • Background: Poncio Chikati

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