Generic names for the Mbira. (A Contribution to Hugh Traceys article A Case for the name Mbira)

  • Gerhard Kubik Austria
Keywords: Mbira, Musical instruments -- Africa


During three research trips in fourteen countries of Sub-Saharan Africa I have quite often met and recorded this instrument. Incited through Hugh Traceys extensive list I should like to provide some names from the regions I have visited, as a supplement. After that, we shall try to see what conclusions might be drawn from the various names given in the combined lists
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Kubik, G. “Generic Names for the Mbira. (A Contribution to Hugh Traceys Article A Case for the Name Mbira)”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 3, no. 3, June 1964, pp. 25-36, doi:

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