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by Garikayi Tirikoti

Garikayi is Music. He speaks it and breathes it, he follows it, catches it, wears it, eats it, and drinks it. Garikayi is an Mbira creator; a woodcarver, carpenter, metal worker & a master musician. He is inventive with the Mbira.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Usaore Moyo
6:34 $0.99
2. Kugara Hunzwara
11:34 $0.99
3. Chinembiri Chii?
6:46 $0.99
4. Maidei
6:06 $0.99
5. Chavechinyakare
5:12 $0.99
6. Sarirambi
8:10 $0.99
7. Chengeto
6:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
One hot evening in Dar es Salaam, our lives were suddenly changed. Sitting on the floor with his back to the wall was a man. He is strong in every way, that was certain form afar.
He was singing softly, eyes front and very distant. But his fingers - if only you could see them - were moving everything with the Mbira. His dexterity is astounding, the velocity equally impressive. You will not see his fingers for hours on end, only a flesh colored blur against the shining metal keys.

Garikayi has created new Mbira tuning's which have come to him in dreams. These new instruments allow him to play all traditional tunings in unison, creating an Mbira Orchestra.

His virtuosity on every instrument makes him an mbira force, an endless surging river of Mbira urging all people to remember their ancestor's wisdoms, and not to throw them away.

Garikayi is also renowned the world over for the Mbira he builds.

In 2001 this mbira master, Garikayi Tirikoti, decided to record his music in our studio, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He also gave us permission to show his music and great talents to as many people as possible.

Garikayi Tirikoti is an mbira revolutionary, intensifying the experience and sound of mbira music. Fill your sails with Mbira music, the gentle mbira force, Garikayi Tirikoti.

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The Boston Phoenix article on Garikayi Tirikoti, can be found by clicking on the link below.




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Scott Stevens/Spin the Globe

A beautiful CD of original Shona mbira music
Attention mbira fans: you're about to spend 16 bucks.

Garikayi Tirikoti has been playing and building the mbira (Zimbabwean "thumb piano") for years, but only in 2001 did Limitless Sky producers Michel & Rosa Tyabji convince him to sit down and record his own music. The result is Maidei, a beautiful CD of original Shona mbira music, multitracked by Tirikoti on mbira, hosho (shaker), ngoma (drum), and voice, with some backing vocals by his nephew Lee Mumbani. The musical changes are subtle, rising and falling against the traditional cyclical background patterns. While the tracks are similar, the discerning listener will find plenty of variety, along with crisp recording, rich arrangements, and stellar playing. And the full lyric translations in the liner notes help convey a sense of the songs' meanings. "Sarirambi" is a plea for ancestral guidance in the face of persistent poverty. "Kugara Hunzwara" urges relatives to "stay together in understanding." And Tirikoti gets the blues on "Maidei" and "Chengeto" - songs of lost love.

You might consider this the sacred jazz of the Shona people, music that is played to influence the weather, mark celebrations, and heal trouble minds and bodies. For a great background on mbira music, see http://www.mbira.org/mbiramusic.html or just pick up this CD and enjoy. Singing and playing with great soul, Tirikoti conveys universal themes that speak directly to the heart. Your 16 bucks will be well spent.

jan gipcie

This is amazing thumb piano music - a favorite driving, work time and downtime cd

Ink 19 Magazine

Profound Spirituality
"Music that exudes a profound spirituality, a resistance to colonialism's lasting grip and a remembrance of one's ancestors, all set to a contagious and intricate rhythmic beat" - Rob Walsh, Ink 19

Banning Eyre

Tirikoti is a phenomenon
The spiritually charged music of Zimbabwe’s Shona people has inspired a worldwide cult following. Recordings of the mbira, a 22-iron-pronged hand piano, circulate among the faithful but rarely make it into record stores. This one, coming from a new label specializing in Tanzanian music, stands out from the pack. Tirikoti is a phenomenon, in part because he uses a range of mbiras in different tunings to expand the instrument’s sonic range and in part because he plays with amazing speed and precision. Not that this is chops music — the magic comes from a hypnotic alchemy of interaction among musicians. On these seven tracks, Tirikoti and his nephew create a virtual village using overdubbing to build a complex mesh of mbira lines and rich choral passages of call-and-response with independent voices cutting across the harmonies. On "Usaore Moyo (Don’t Lose Heart)," the effect is joyous and bubbly; "Chinembiri Chii (What Is Popular?)" has a pulsing downbeat and mournful vocals. The layering results in occasional rhythmic looseness, but for the most part, the sound is natural, and crisply recorded to do justice to details. Another plus is the lyrics (well translated in the notes), which provide genuine insight into Shona culture.


Peace & Joy
Tirikoti is using Shona traditional songs and remaking them in his own wonderful unique style. This music is peacefulness and joy that brings you to a place of happiness, even while the words are filled with messages about hard times and life in Zimbabwe. I can listen to this all the time and not get tired.

Banning Eyre

"...Among the things that set Tirikoti apart from other mbira artists is the way he combines mbiras using different tunings to create a rich, almost orchestral sound. His use of many voices to create thick vocal textures is also distinctive. "Kugara Hunzwara," a sublime, 11-minute variant on the mbira traditional song "Nhema Musasa" will satisfy even the fussiest mbira music connoisseur."
Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide