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Meaning of "mbira" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD MBIRA

Shona.
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PRONUNCIATION OF MBIRA

mbira  [əmˈbiːrə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MBIRA

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conjunction
determiner
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Mbira is a noun.
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WHAT DOES MBIRA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

mbira

Mbira

In African music, the mbira is a musical instrument that consists of a wooden board with attached staggered metal keys. It is often fitted into a resonator. In Eastern and Southern Africa, there are many kinds of mbira, usually accompanied by the hosho. It was reported to be used in Okpuje, Nsukka area of the south eastern part of Nigeria in the early 1900s. Among the Shona people there are three that are very popular. The mbira is usually classified as part of the lamellaphone family. It is also part of the idiophones family of musical instruments. Both Joseph H. Howard, owner of the largest collection of drums and ancillary folk instruments in the Americas, and Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji argue that the mbira is thoroughly African, being found only in areas populated by Africans or their descendants. Mbira came to prominence after the worldwide stage performance and recordings of Thomas Mapfumo, whose music is based on and includes the mbira; the work of Dumisani...

Definition of mbira in the English dictionary

The definition of mbira in the dictionary is an African musical instrument consisting of tuned metal strips attached to a resonating box, which are plucked with the thumbs Also called: thumb piano.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH MBIRA


Andorra
ænˈdɔːrə
antara
ænˈtɑːrə
Ara
ˈɑːrə
aura
ˈɔːrə
aurora
ɔːˈrɔːrə
Explorer
ɪkˈsplɔːrə
flora
ˈflɔːrə
fora
ˈfɔːrə
Guadalajara
ˌɡwɑːdələˈhɑːrə
hora
ˈhɔːrə
jirre
ˈjiːrə
Lara
ˈlɑːrə
laura
ˈlɔːrə
maire
mɑːiːrə
mora
ˈmɔːrə
ora
ˈɔːrə
para
ˈpɑːrə
referrer
rɪˈfɜːrə
Sahara
səˈhɑːrə
vara
ˈvɑːrə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MBIRA

mazuma
mazurka
mazut
mazy
mazzard
Mazzini
mb
MBA
Mbabane
mbaqanga
MBBS
MBChB
MBE
Mbeki
MBO
Mbomu
Mbujimayi
mbyte
mc

WORDS THAT END LIKE MBIRA

Altamira
Beira
capoeira
Essaouira
Hegira
Hejira
La Guaira
lempira
lira
Madeira
Mahavira
mangabeira
moira
Mufulira
naira
Palmira
pareira
Pereira
rangatira
Terceira

Synonyms and antonyms of mbira in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «mbira» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MBIRA

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Translator English - Chinese

mbira
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

mbira
570 millions of speakers

English

mbira
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

mbira
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

mbira
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Mbira
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

mbira
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

mbira
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

mbira
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mbira
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Mbira
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ムビラ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

mbira
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mbira
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

mbira
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

mbira
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एमबीरा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

mbira
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

MBIRA
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Mbira
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Mbira
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

mbira
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

mbira
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

mbira
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

Mbira
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

mbira
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of mbira

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MBIRA»

The term «mbira» is regularly used and occupies the 70.642 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MBIRA» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about mbira

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MBIRA»

Discover the use of mbira in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to mbira and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People ...
Originally published: Berkeley: University of California Press, c1978, in series: Perspectives on southern Africa; 26.
Paul Berliner, 1993
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Zimbabwean Mbira Music on an International Stage: Chartwell ...
Dutiro brings seemingly disparate performance practices together in response to his multiple positions as a Shona musician, Zimbabwean performer, professional mbira player, teacher, traveller, and descendant of his ancestors. It is tempting ...
Mr Chartwell Dutiro, Professor Keith Howard, 2013
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Music as Social Life: The Politics of Participation
In normal Shona mbira performance the sound of the hosho rattles is so loud that the details of the mbira parts are obscured. This is fine in situations where people are dancing, since the hosho provide much of the rhythmic drive of the music.
Thomas Turino, 2008
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The Traditional Mbira on Stage: A Study of Contemporary ...
These works are packaged and produced by BiblioLabs under license by ProQuest UMI.
Mackenzie Pickard, 2011
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Mbira
In Eastern and Southern Africa there are many kinds of mbira, usually accompanied by the hosho. Among the Shona there are three that are very popular (see Shona music). The Mbira is usually classified as part of the lamellaphone family.
Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster, 2010
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The Performing Arts: Music and Dance
ROBERT KAUFFMAN The mbira or sanza, a plucked lamellaphone (hand-piano) unique to Africa and African-related areas, presents some unique challenges to those interested in assessing the aesthetic characteristics of African music.
John Blacking, Joann W. Kealiinohomoku, 1979
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Articles on Southern African Musical Instruments, Including: ...
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.
Hephaestus Books, 2011
8
Global Minstrels: Voices of World Music
In those days, the urbanites dancing in Harare's nightclubs had little interest in the gentle sound of the mbira, and the style was actively discouraged by the colonial government. “Now they are playing African music there,” Mujuru says, “ but in ...
Elijah Wald, 2007
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Articles on Equatoguinean Music, Including: Mbira, Hijas Del ...
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.
Hephaestus Books, 2011
10
Warriors: Spiritually Engaged
Enzo had created the 'Fina Mbira' a multi-level version of the mbira. After he had played it, Ron immediately phoned Cyril and held the receiver out as Enzo played. Cyril became quite excited. At Cyril's request Enzo traveled to New Orleans ...
Queenae Taylor Mulvihill, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MBIRA»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term mbira is used in the context of the following news items.
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Opposition Zunde Party Says Zimbabwe Needs a Fresh a Start, Will …
The party, led by Farai Mbira, was officially launched in Harare in May this year and says it is seized with restoring justice, rule of law and ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
2
Jah Prayzah rakes in $60 000 a month
I visited him and discovered that he had a mbira instrument, which he had discarded, it was actually just lying outside being weather-beaten. «Nehanda Radio, Jul 15»
3
Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds music dining
... with Pop's exploring the rich sounds of Kora, Mbira, Khoisan Bow and various percussion effects and Dave enticing with his unique steelpan ... «Artslink.co.za News, Jul 15»
4
Taking Another Short Break, Cdes
When mbira musician Chiwoniso Maraire died in 2013, Dangarembga was swift to blame the government and "some embassies of some ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
5
Zimbabwe opposition victims of naivety, greed and betrayal – Mbira
By Farai Mbira. Zimbabwe has failed to progress from the illusion of independence to the reality of freedom because of betrayal; firstly by ZANU ... «Nehanda Radio, Jul 15»
6
'Nyamubaya Was Working On Biography'
Besides being a prolific writer, the late artist was a mbira player and contributed to poetry anthologies and short stories. Despite coming out of ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
7
#LifeIsMusic: Here are 5 modern musical instruments you've never …
Prepare to be blown away by the musical genius of instruments like the Hang, Array Mbira, Sharpsichord, Zeusaphone and Gameleste. Hang. «Daily News & Analysis, Jul 15»
8
Malawi Young Company Launches 'Visit Likoma Island initiative'
... the St Peters Anglican Cathedral. Others can also have a chance to see monkeys, mbira, otters among other beautiful water and forest birds. «The Maravi Post, Jul 15»
9
Real taste of Zimbabwe is surprisingly familiar
As Wilbert and I arrive, shortly past 9:30pm, the space is exploding with Mbira music. There's a man sitting on a Dzavadzimu, a wooden board ... «The Indian Express, Jul 15»
10
Neo-Nazi Dreams of the Pacific Northwest Becoming Rhodesia
Indeed, the community of mbira and marimba musicians in this region is so considerable, thanks to the influence of the late master musician ... «TheStranger.com, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Mbira [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/mbira>. Jun 2020 ».
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