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An ancient and hypnotic music, mbira is joyful and healing. Help bring this award-winning recording artist's tenth CD into the world! Read more

Oakland, CA World Music
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An ancient and hypnotic music, mbira is joyful and healing. Help bring this award-winning recording artist's tenth CD into the world!

Oakland, CA World Music
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About this project

Greetings Family!

Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter page.

Many of you know me as a musical dancer. I have danced all my life and my involvement with music has been an unexpected and joyful outgrowth of this path.

I have self produced a total of nine CDs previously, two of which, have received Hawai’I Music Awards, “A Walk by the Sea” (Best World Music) and “Ndoro” (Best Album Artwork). I love making music, and want to share it with as many people as I can.

I fell in love with the music of the mbira (pronounced mm-bee-rah) 12 years ago. Mbira is a mystical form of music from Zimbabwe. The instrument and its repertoire can be traced back well over 1000 years. Mbira music is played for pure enjoyment as well as for ceremonies of personal healing and meditation. Its sounds are at once complex, hypnotic and majestic.

I have studied this music both in the US and in Zimbabwe with master players. There are so many beautiful songs, and I would love to record more of them! But, times are difficult for many of us, including independent artists. It is difficult to produce a quality project in this economic climate without the support of my community. So, this is why I am asking that you consider making a donation to bring this album into the world.

Here is a breakdown of what your pledges would pay for:

  • $3,500 Studio recording
  • $1,000 Mixing and Mastering
  • $500 Graphic design and layout
  • $1,000 Pressing CDs


This budget covers making the album only. Every dollar raised over $6,000 will be used for promotion and to make the finished project as amazing as possible.

In addition, by donating to this project, you will be supporting the effort to increase the exposure of this unique and healing musical tradition to a whole new community.

If you decide to donate, you will see that each level of donation will be rewarded with everything from hand-rolled incense, copies of previous works, and hand-crafted African jewelry, to the chance to be an official Executive Producer of the album. And of course, with any level of donation you will have my deep gratitude.

Backers will be kept up-to-date with exclusive news and photos.Tentatively scheduled for a September 2012 release, this album will be a big part of the planned festivities for this, the 30th anniversary year of my teaching dance and music.
So, please spread the word! Tell your family and friends. Every dollar really does count!

Oh, and there is one big caveat to all of this – if we fall short of our goal, even by one dollar, then the project will not go through. Every dollar really does count!

Maitabasa! Thank you all in advance for your support!

Please note: INTERNATIONAL BACKERS must add an additional $15 to every pledge of $25 or more for overseas shipping and handling.

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    Pledge $1 or more
    About $1.00 USD

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    A personal email from me and a thank you. (Every dollar helps!)

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    Pledge $5 or more
    About $5 USD

    2 backers

    New mp3 single, and a personal thank you email from me!

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    Pledge $10 or more
    About $10 USD

    7 backers

    Digital pre-release of the new CD long before anyone else gets it + All of the above.

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    Pledge $15 or more
    About $15 USD

    3 backers

    A signed thank you photo from me + All of the above.

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    About $25 USD

    6 backers

    Your name will be listed as a contributor on my website, + All of the above.

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    1 backer

    A beautiful limited edition "The Sky That Covers Us All" tee shirt + all of the above!

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    4 backers

    The new CD long before anyone else gets it with an autographed message from me + All of the above. Free shipping anywhere within the US. International backers please add $15.

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    Pledge $75 or more
    About $75 USD

    5 backers

    A copy of my award-winning CDs "A Walk By The Sea" and "Ndoro" + All of the above. Free shipping anywhere within the US. International backers please add $15.

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    About $150 USD

    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    If you live in the Bay Area, you will receive a one hour private mbira lesson + All of the above.

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    Pledge $250 or more
    About $250 USD

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    A colorful African Market Basket brimming with my special hand-dipped incense + All of the above. Free shipping anywhere within the US. International backers please add $15.

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    About $500 USD

    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    A custom designed piece of African jewelry created by me + all of the above. Free shipping anywhere within the US. International backers please add $15.

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    About $750 USD

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    Your very own Southern Fried Chicken Party for you and a companion at my house with three of my friends, plus a three song mini concert + all of the above. You must live in Northern California or be willing to travel here.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

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    Be an Executive Producer! Your name in the liner notes of the CD + our name in the liner notes of the CD + the CD long before anyone else gets it + copies of "Ndoro" and "A Walk By The Sea" + an autographed thank you photo of me + your name listed as a contributor on my website + a colorful African market basket brimming with my special hand-dipped incense + a custom designed piece of African jewelry!

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    Pledge $2,500 or more
    About $2,500 USD

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    Your own personal house concert! I will come to your house and present a concert of mbira music. (If you are over two hours away from the Bay Area, please cover transportation and hotel) + Your name in the liner notes of the CD + the CD long before anyone else gets it + copies of "Ndoro" and "A Walk By The Sea" + an autographed thank you photo of me + your name listed as a contributor on my website + a colorful African market basket brimming with my special hand-dipped incense + a custom designed piece of African jewelry..

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Funding period

- (30 days)