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Primer

Zimbabwean Music Primer

New to Zimbabwean music? Don’t know where to start?

Start here!

The Zimbabwe Music Guide provides insight into the world of Zim electric pop. But what else do Zimbos listen to?

The Zimbabwean Music Primer has been developed to provide a starting point for new listeners. Although this site provides information on many different artists, the Zimbabwean music scene is very complex and diverse.

The primer will introduce new listeners to the traditional sounds of Zimbabwe’s Shona people – the foundations of Zim contemporary guitar pop. Traditional artists will be introduced, along with a quick description of how the music of this site came into being. A short synopsis of other contemporary genres is included as well.

Each page provides a multitude of outside links for more indepth information on the artists and styles presented.

Records….

Have any Zim records you’d like to sell? Whether LP, cassette, or CD, I might be interested.

I am interested in recordings from Jonah Moyo and Devera Ngwena, Paul Mpofu, John Chibadura, Paul Matavire, James Chimombe, Mapfumo…more or less any of the artists profile on this site, or anything sounding like them.

If you have anything you’d like to sell, please email me, and I’ll get back to you about whether I’m interested in those specific titles or not.

Marc: zim@embargo.ca

Thanks!

About

Welcome to the Zimbabwean Music Guide

As an avid fan of the chimurenga, jit, and sungura styles which emerged from Zimbabwe in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, I have endlessly searched the internet for information and links. Unfortunately information was hard to come by, and what I had found was sprinkled across various sites. Growing sick of spending hours, even days in search of the info and music I wanted, the Zimbabwe Music Guide arose. It has been created with the intention of providing quick and easy access to Zimbabwean band and album information, as well as providing a one-stop purchasing resource. And has it ever grown from there!

Website Breakdown

– the start page which features news initial welcome
About
– the page you’re viewing now
– new to Zimbabwean music? Don’t know where to start? Start here.
– profiles of the main genres of Zimbabwe’s guitar music
– info, clips, and track listings from the various compilations of Zimbabwean music
– bios, photos, discographies, track lists, and music clips pertaining to Zimbabwean musicians
– amateur guitar transcriptions of pieces of Zimbabwean songs
– info on the companies which release music from Zimbabwe
– background info on Zimbabwean music sources
– post your Zim Music buying/selling desires on the messageboard
– search the contents of the Zimbabwe Music Guide
– the sites and books that were used to compile these pages, including image credits
– links to other interesting Zimbabwean music sites
– questions, comments, suggestions, contributions? email me, Marc, at zim@embargo.ca

Please note that I do not live in Zimbabwe and am in no way an expert on Zimbabwean music. If something looks wrong, it probably is – email me. Also note that the website is constantly under construction so things will be changing all the time. Feel free to drop me a line if you’re looking for a specific title or information on a band. I’ll try to help you to the best of my ability.

Enjoy! I hope this site is useful!