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History Of Mbira - Google Is Celebrating Zimbabwe Culture

History of Musical instruments Mbira

History of Musical instruments Mbira:


Google is celebrating Zimbabwe Culture Week with a doodle of Mbira - a traditional themed instrument that listeners have been playing for over a thousand years.

MBRA is celebrating Google Zimbabwe Culture Week with an interactive doodle - a musical instrument that is a traditional theme to the people who listen.

The game tells the story of a Zimbabwean girl who was watched by MBRA before she grew up and became a famous musician herself.

It virtually encourages users to use both virtual and modern songs on the instrument, which has been played for more than a thousand years in its current iteration.

MBRA plays a role in many of the traditions and ceremonies of the people who listen to it and the songs are passed down through the generations.

It is played at weddings and social gatherings - and it was traditionally performed only by men, now many women are taking up the musical instrument.

MBAs offer nds in self-correction and personalization, which means no two performances are the same.

It consists of a wooden board with attached metal tin. To play it, you throw the tines with your fingers.

A wooden version of Mobir - bamboo tined instead of metal - was first made in West Africa 3,000 years ago. The version that exists today, including the metal tine, is about 1,300 years old.

Why is Google celebrating MBIRA?

Zimbabwe Culture Week starts today (May 21). Before creating the Google Doodle, Team MBRA met with people in Zimbabwe to learn about the materials.

Producer Colin Duffy says: "Without a doubt, the most enjoyable thing about working on this doodle was being able to gain experience and learn about MBRA from people who have heard it in Zimbabwe.


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