Hi guys! 🙂
Last May, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita, a duo already well-established on the British folk scene, released their latest album called Echoes. I don’t think I’ve shared anything from this album so far, despite having featured quite a few songs from their previous albums. “Chaminuka” is a tribute to the late Zimbabwean mbira player, Chartwell Dutiro, who passed away in 2019. In case you don’t know what mbira is (I definitely did not prior to reading about this album), it’s an African, particularly Zimbabwean I believe, percussion instrument, also known as thumb piano. The title of this song refers to Chaminuka, who is an ancestor of Shona people and I believe he was some sort of prophet or a religious figure.