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System Tazvida – Zvawaida Zvakakona (Intro & Break Tab)

Another tune from the golden age of Zimbabwean music (I promise they won’t all be). Here’s the tab:

System Tazvida – Zvawaida Zvakakona (Tab)

I had a request for this song by System Tazvida and Chazezesa Challengers(sometimes listed as Zvawaida Zvakaramba) and it’s only taken me about a year to get it down. The trickiest part is sticking to alternate picking. I found it a big challenge but it does make for a much cleaner sound.

The tab is made up of two parts. Bars 1 – 10 are the intro. Then there’s a short riff for 4 bars. That’s followed in bar 15 by the break that starts at 2:50 in the original.


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Leonard Dembo – Chitekete (Intro Tab)

For my first tab I had to do Leonard Dembo’s sungura classic Chitekete. Here’s the tab:

Leonard Dembo & Barura Express – Chitekete (Intro Tab)

The original (or at least the version I was working from) is tuned slightly flat. As is the guitar in the video.

Bars 1 and 2

Because of the lack of drums I had a hard time getting the timing down for this bit.

Bars 2 – 4

The song’s main riff. I’ve tabbed the first G as being at the 10th fret. But I sometimes play it at the 15th fret based on my mood and where I find my fingers.

Bars 5 – 15

Shifting up to the 15th fret. I’m doing a little finger shift in the even bars. I play the 14th fret with my index finger, 15th with middle finger. Then shift back up again so the index finger is on the 15th fret.

Bars 15 – 22

A bit of respite here with a more relaxed section.

Bars 23 and 24

Back to the main theme.


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