Zimbabwe–Mbende Jerusarema

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Though most music accompanying Zimbabwean dances features three distinct instruments – ngoma drums, the mbira and the marimba — in class we’re going to attempt the Mbende Jerusarema. The Jerusarema is a Shona dance, usually performed with the accompaniment of a solo drummer, that became significant as a statement of cultural independence as Zimbabwe fought for freedom from the British.

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