Dumisani Maraire was a Zimbabwean musician, producer and music teacher. He specialised in the Mbira and a variation called nyunga nyunga. The mbira is a traditional music in Zimbabwe.
Dumisani Maraire Background
Maraire was born in Mutare. He moved to the US in the 60s and started teaching music from 1968 through 1972 at the University of Washington in Seattle, especially the mbira and marimba instruments. In the US he had his children, Tendai Maraire, Chiwoniso Maraire and Dumi Maraire Jr.
Dumisani Maraire Biography
Maraire was born in Mutare, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He began learning music from family members, and later at the college of music in Bulawayo. Maraire taught from 1968 through 1972 at the University of Washington in Seattle, where his daughter Chiwoniso Maraire (also a musician) was born. His another child, Tendai Maraire, also became a musician, who later formed a duo Shabazz Palaces. He remained in the region throughout until 1982, teaching at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, giving private music lessons, performing in Pacific Northwest cities and in British Columbia with several marimba groups he founded.
Maraire returned to Zimbabwe in 1982 to develop an ethnomusicology program at the University of Zimbabwe. Four years later, he was back in Seattle, teaching and earning his own doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, after which he returned again to teach at the University of Zimbabwe.
Dumi is credited for his famous 1–15 number notation used on the nyunga nyunga mbira and for notating the song “Chemutengure” on the nyunga nyunga mbira. The song “Chemutengure” is used to teach mbira learners the technique of playing the instrument.(Chirimumimba, 2007).
Maraire died of a stroke on 25 November 1999 in Zimbabwe.
Dumisani Maraire Music
Maraire taught and performed Shona marimba music, nyunga nyunga mbira, singing, drumming and dance in Seattle from 1968 to 1982 and from 1986 to 1990.
In 1968, the Ethnomusicology Division of the University of Washington hired the talented young Maraire as a Visiting Artist. Dumi taught at the UW for 5 years, and continued to reside in Seattle until 1982, teaching hundreds of people to play Zimbabwean music. Dumi’s marimba ensembles became renowned throughout much of the Northwest, performing at fairs and festivals, in schools and clubs, and releasing several albums.
In 1990, Maraire earned his Doctorate from the UW School of Music and returned home to teach at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.
Maraire is credited for his contribution to music in Seattle and North America in general.
Dumisani Maraire Album
Mai Nozipo, for ngoma, hosho and string Quartet “Mother Nozipo” ‘- ‘1989
Kutambarara, for vocals, mbira, hosho, chorus and string quartet “Spreading” – 1989
Dumisani Maraire Songs
- Buka Njari
- Butsu Mutandari
- Chembere Dze Musango
- Chemutengure Instr.
- Mwanangu Kura Uridze Mbira
- Mwanawe Ndoerera
- Ndofa Ndichi Baiwa
- Njari Makonde
- Yuwi Maiwe
- Mai Nozipo
- Njari Makonde
- Ndini Baba
- Tipe Tizwe
- Ndo Wombera
- Kana Ndoda Kuramba
- Ndotamba Baba