Music Of Zimbabwe


World Classics Series at St Ives Arts Club
Concert 36 – Music of Zimbabwe
Chartwell Dutiro, mbira & voice

Friday 17th October 7:30pm (doors 7pm)
Tickets £13: 01736 794477 / [email protected]

Chartwell Dutiro grew up in rural Zimbabwe, and when he was four he started playing the mbira – an ancient instrument consisting of at least 22 metal keys mounted on a wooden soundboard. As a teenager he joined the Salvation Army band, and when he moved to the capital he played in a military marching band. From 1986 to 1994 he toured the world with the legendary Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited, and since 1994 has been based in Britain, performing, recording and teaching.


He is a Lecturer in African Shamanism and Culture at SOAS, London, and lectures at many other universities, including Plymouth, Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes. He also teaches in primary and secondary schools, both independently and under the umbrella of the Devon Arts in Schools Initiative (Daisi), as a recommended artist for the Norfolk School Advisory Service and for the folk-music association WREN.


Chartwell is the founder of International Mbira Gatherings, which occur throughout the year, is a Womad Foundation recommended artist, often collaborates and performs with the Serona String Quartet, works with many choirs and runs the Mhararano Mbira Academy in Devon.


He and Keith Howard co-edited the publication Zimbabwean Mbira Music On An International Stage: Chartwell Dutiro's Life in Music (SOAS Musicology Series).


His recent collaboration with German musicians Elmar Pohl and Sebastian Pott (Chipindura Mbira Trio) resulted in the newly released double album Pasichigare.
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