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Introduction Listening Journal

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Introduction: Listening Journal
Shona Mbira from Zimbabwe
The Shona culture from Zimbabwe creates this music (MBIRA). Thus, the culture determines the
musical expression of the Shona people. Most of the instruments used by the performers are
percussions, particularly the mbira. The environment characterizes the music as a ritual or ceremonial
song because the performers are in the forest, and their dances illustrate excitement (Nechaz). The
sounds are aligned to the rhythm of the mbira, and they are equivalent to chants that are recognized by
connected by culture. Therefore, the behaviors associated with the music are mystic chants, dances,
and jumps, which seem like a ritual or ceremonial activities (Nechaz). The performers concentrate on
their activities to show how dedicated they are to the cause. I feel like the video shows the
authenticity of the Zimbabwean culture, as demonstrated by the costumes of the performers, the
instruments, and their movements with the African beat. The rhythm creates a sense of belonging that
not only appeals to the performers but also the viewers. Furthermore, the tune and arrangement are
beautiful and captivating such that even someone who does not understand the language can enjoy to
the end. I chose this particular example because I like it, and I wanted to understand African beats and
instruments and how they can be incorporated into modern music to create an authentic sound. I found
it interesting that both the music and instruments are referred to as "mbira" by the Shona people. I
think the essential part of the video is the jumps and dances by the performers as they carry weapons
because the activity shows that they are probably chasing away evil spirits in their culture.

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Surname 1 Name Professor Course Date Introduction: Listening Journal Shona Mbira from Zimbabwe The Shona culture from Zimbabwe creates this music (MBIRA). Thus, the culture determines the musical expression of the Shona people. Most of the instruments used by the performers are percussions, particularly the mbira. The environment characterizes the music as a ritual or ceremonial song because the performers are in the forest, and their dances illustrate excitement (Nechaz). The sounds are aligned to the rhythm of the mbira, and they are equivalent to chants that are recognized by connected by c ...
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