A hand-held African musical instrument consisting of a series of metal or wooden strips mounted on a soundboard and, often, having a resonator formed from a gourd: it is played by plucking the strips with the thumbs and forefingers.
(music, in southern Africa) Any of several musical instruments, similar to a marimba, having a small sound box fitted with a row of tuned tabs that are plucked with the thumbs.
A musical instrument consisting of a hollow gourd or wooden resonator and a number of usually metal strips that vibrate when plucked.
Origin of mbira
Of Bantu origin Shona m-bìrà
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Mbira Sentence Examples
For the eight years I was there I didn't play mbira at all.
mbira music have been among the most important forms of expression in Zimbabwe in the twentieth century.
mbira songs often have melodic time lines running through, the equivalent to a ground bass in Bach's music.
mbira musicians often watch dancers for inspiration to make up new parts.