Erica Azim

Erica Azim fell in love with Shona mbira music when she first heard it at the age of 16. In 1974, Erica became one of the first Americans to study mbira in Zimbabwe, and her teachers have included many of Zimbabwe's top mbira masters such as Forward Kwenda, Cosmas Magaya, Mondrek Muchena, Ephat Mujuru, Newton "Matemai" Gwara, Tute & Irene Chigamba, Chris Mhlanga, Luken Pasipamire, Fradreck & Fungai Mujuru, Ambuya Beauler Dyoko, Leonard Chiyanike, Patience Chaitezvi, and Renold & Caution Shonhai. Erica has recorded 3 solo CDs, including 2009's "Healing Dreams: Ancient Mbira of Zimbabwe," as well as recording CDs with several Zimbabwean mbira players. She currently performs, and teaches regional mbira workshops throughout the world, as well as at her home in Berkeley, California.

Erica directs the non-profit organization, MBIRA (www.mbira org), that makes over 100 Zimbabwean music recordings available to mbira enthusiasts around the world while providing financial support to over 220 Zimbabwean musicians and instrument makers.

Name Sessions Enrollment
Introductory Mbira- Kariga mombe
Mbira: Any age; Introductory/Beginner
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 10/10 students
Introductory Mbira- Nyama musango
Mbira: Any age; Introductory/Beginner
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 10/10 students
Beginning Mbira- Chigwaya
Mbira: Any age; Introductory/Beginner
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 10/10 students
Beginning Gandanga/Mavembe Tuning Mbira
Mbira: Any age; Introductory/Beginner
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) No enrollment limit
Advanced Beginning Mbira- Chipindura
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Advanced Beginner
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 7/10 students
Singing- Nhema musasa
Singing: Any age; Any skill level
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 13/30 students