Nyanji

Nyanji's houses look like giant mushroom sprouting up from the ground in the middle of the Zimbabwean countryside. This biggest structure is used for the kitchen.

Nyanji used a big stone placed on the pavement next to his garden as a workshop. He makes his mbira with an ax, a hammer, pliers and other tools.

The first thing Nyanji does when making an mbira is cutting down a mukawa tree in the mountains. The he begins to carve a board for mbira from a lump of the tree. He does not saw it. He only uses an axe to form it into shape like a sculpture.

He beats an iron bar of spring material with a hammer to make a key. Nyanji is always fired up for his work.

He ties a key to a board with a wire and tunes it up. And hole is opened with a horizontal bar that he has heated by fire last. After this the mbira is complete.

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