This season at New England Conservatory, 30+ concerts demonstrate just how vital music is to human struggle, and what revolution in artistic expression sounds like. Programs range from roots music to Beethoven, fight songs to anti-war anthems. Join our year-long exploration of how music speaks truth to power!
Erica Azim and Patricia Sandler offer a panel discussion titled, “Music in a Period of World Conflict: Africa and the U.S." Robert Labaree will moderate this discussion on the presence, impact, and importance of Mbira music in the conflict of its place of origin.
Over the past 30 years, Erica Azim has endeavored to deliver the music of the Shona Mbira and its highly unique and complex traditional repertoire to those unfamiliar with it. Her work has earned her the respected title of gwenyambira, a skilled performer qualified to play at traditional ceremonies, and has allowed her to tour regularly with masters like Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, Cosmas Magaya, Mondrek Muchena, and Ephat Mujuru.