June 7, 2015
We hung out and played mbira together a few times, a long time ago… maybe around 10+ years or more ago… I think it might have been back when you first started learning to play.
Markus Schwartz was probably how we met, or we might have also met through Nora Balaban. Maurizio Capparelli is someone we both hung out with and played together with, too. Also, I ran an mbira workshop with Cosmas Magaya in north NJ a long ways back, and I think you might have been there too??
I haven’t played mbira in a long time, and just started searching around for buddies who might still be playing in the NY / NJ / Philly area.
Nora’s old music store, Tribal Soundz, does not appear to be still operating, but I suspect she might still be around playing, maybe with a group of friends and students… maybe with you too??
If you have any insight into what’s going on with mbira and shona music in the NY / NJ / Philly area, I’d love to hear about it.
Hope all’s beautiful and fun in your life Tiga!
All the very best!!