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Art Bites – Africa: Thumbs on Mbira

Art Bites – Africa: Thumbs on Mbira

Brisbane City Council’s Art Bites – Africa is a programme of free arts workshops designed for all Brisbane residents to explore the traditions of the African continent and discover their creative abilities. Learn West African drumming, create delicious Eritrean meals or shake your hips to the wild dance of The Congo. These workshops are for everyone. Grab a friend or make new ones while discovering the colourful nations of Africa!


Learn an ancient African song and rhythm on the Nyunga-Nyunga’s thumb piano and Hosho rattle shakers, both traditional Zimbabwean instruments. The song repertoire is among the oldest in Africa and speaks of ancient teachings and folk tales, yet simply made from entirely recycled materials.


Tichawona is an imaginative and captivating musician from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. His music embraces the traditions of Mbira and Nyunga-Nyunga (thumb piano) music as well as the intense dance groove of contemporary Africa. The Nyunga-Nyunga is a symbol of cultural history and represents a sense of identity and purpose to the people of Zimbabwe, particularly those of the Shona tribe. Tichawona enjoys sharing poetry, stories and life lessons through Nyunga-Nyunga music.

Presented by Brisbane City Council

Produced by BEMAC

Event Snapshot

Dates: Sunday 17 May
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Duration: 2 hrs
Tickets: Free. Bookings Required.
Address: Grapples Community Centre 590 Gympie Road, Chermside
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