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Mujuru, who comes of a long line of Shona mbira (hand-piano) players from one of the mbira heartlands, is also a talented percussionist and an important figure in the African neo-traditional movement. Here he plays his own arrangement of Shona percussion pieces, as well as a range of mbira compositions, with a virtuosity that needs no flashiness. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi


Born: 1950

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ephat Mujuru was one of the few traditional musicians to use his music to speak out against the oppressive colonization of Zimbabwe. His politically charged tune "Guruswa" (translated: Ancient Africa) was a massive hit in his homeland during the 1970s. In a interview, Mujuru explained, "[the song] was talking about our struggle to free ourselves." A master of the mbira, a xylophone-like instrument, Mujuru was taught to play the instrument by his grandfather, Muchatera Mujuru, at the age of seven....
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