Teacher: Wanda Walker
Age Levels: Teens, Adults
Skill Levels: Intermediate
Audio recording allowed. Video recording allowed.
Wanda based this marimba arrangement on mbira parts taught by Cosmas Magaya. This song has a different chord progression from the well-known Nhemamusasa. The arrangement starts with a call and response from one side of the ensemble to the other. Two sopranos and a tenor provide a trio on each side which speak back and forth. Wanda says that for her, the swirling of the song evokes a feeling of being "inside the head" of a mbira player during a bira (ceremony). Four sopranos enable symmetry in the arrangement; however, a slight modification allows it to be played with three sopranos. Key of G (mixolydian mode; does not use F#s). You may listen to a sound file of a somewhat more advanced version of this arrangement through a link on this Web page: [[http://www.marimbaworks.com/WWalker/]]
Student Materials: A standard set of 7 marimbas will be available for this workshop.