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  • review November 30, 2011

    The Kankobela of the Batonga, Vol. 2

    This volume of 16 spare, beguiling solo performances on the kankobela thumb piano completes a pair of CDs that are indispensible for collectors of Africa’s mysteriously melodious indigenous traditions.  As I wrote when reviewing Volume 1 of the set, this … Read more »

  • review November 24, 2009

    The Kankobela of the Batonga: Vol 1

    The Tonga people (Batonga) live on either side of Lake Kariba, some to the south in Zimbabwe, most to the north in Zambia.  The Batonga kankobela is a cousin of the better known and physically larger Shona mbira of Zimbabwe.  … Read more »

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