Chris Mhlanga is a famous figure in the global mbira community. He is an influential figure who has traveled around the world for workshops and live performances and he was the first artist to sell mbira in the United States of America. The tuning of his mbira is typically in the key of A and his style very traditional. Furthermore, the wood he uses is beautiful, smoothed down with sap of the mukuwa tree. As a result of this process, there a sense of quality like that of Western furniture. After finishing an mbira he brands "C.MHLANGA / ZIMBABWE" on the bottom, as he has established such a high profile as an mbira artist and craftsman abroad.
It may seem as if he is a famous person in a high position who is hard to approach, but this is not the case. He is quite cheerful and a pleasant Grandfather with a heart full of innocence despite his age of 69 years. Not to mention his keen sense of style; he always wears nice clothes and puts on a cool hat.
Please click upper "sound button" to Listen a performance of Chris !
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