Dimbotimbo, Matepe drumming & clapping

Today we were recording Dimbotimbo, a version of Kuvachenjedza that cannot be played together with the other parts, and that is usually played at the peak of a mhondoro bira. It provides the dignified background for the moments when the spirits speak out.

We also recorded & overdubbed drumming and a few clapping patterns, both of which Chawasarira says can be played in the same way on top of any matepe song. The kind of drum, however, is not the right one – drums used for matepe are shorter than chaka’s, with a larger diameter, and produce a deep bass sound.


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