American Rapper NAS Shouts Out The Mbira

What a time to be alive

By  | May 22, 2020, 02:29 PM

Zimbabwe woke up to today’s #GoogleDoodle celebrating the mbira, our traditional music instrument!

This is in honour of Zimbabwe's Culture Week!

Many international celebs have come out to commemorate the mbira and it's history and we couldn't be prouder.

American rapper Nas talks about the first time he had the soothing sounds of the mbira. "The mbira was sampled in Illmatic's One Love, produced by Q-Tip. I remember back in ‘93, Q-Tip put down the One Love beat with samples of the smooth mbira licks of Stanley Cowell and a thick bassline from The Heath Brothers. In an instant, I knew that was it. He created a sound that represented the story I wanted to tell. During these challenging times, remember that Love is a superior force. Unity. Togetherness. One Love."

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Dj Zinhle also talked about her fondness of the mbira and how she loved that it was always being played at the airport whenever she was in Zimbabwe.

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Sho Madjozi even found a mbira and made a song.

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