mbira

noun
mbi·ra | \em-ˈbir-ə \

Definition of mbira 

: an African musical instrument that consists of a wooden or gourd resonator and a varying number of tuned metal or wooden strips that vibrate when plucked

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Indian Bollywood, Hawaiian hula and Zimbabwean mbira — along with folk dances of Mexico, Brazil, the Philippines and China — are just a few of the traditions on view in a celebration of the Bay Area’s diverse dance landscape. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "10 Spring and Summer Dance Festivals," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of mbira

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mbira

Shona

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