CD: B. Michael Williams & Michael Spiro * Bata-Mbira
B. Michael Williams plays African mbira and Michael Spiros plays Cuban bata rhythms. They have brought these two world traditions together to create the unique and fresh musical CD BataMbira.
The Cuban bata drums and the Shona mbira are both sacred instruments that are used to help people commune with the spirits of the ancestors, but in two entirely different traditions and cultures. A full compliment of bata parts comes together with the light and wispy mbira playing - really some of the finest mbira I've heard - and form what can be considered a prayer.