Something had me reaching for my thumb piano, my mbira, which I picked up at the gift store of the University of Maine concert center gift shop while on tour with Front Porch Blues in 2002. It is made in Burkino Faso from a sardine can imported from Algeria. In many parts they call this thing an mbira — others call it a thumb piano.
Mbizo was the middle name of Johnny Mbizo Dyanni, the South African bass played who was in residence at Dartmouth College in 1970, with Don Cherry and Okey Temiz. I am pretty sure there is a biography of Dyanni under the title “Mbizo”.
MBW are my initials, for Mark Bennett Weiss (the street I lived on in South Side of Chicago the first four years of my life, Bennett and 91st I think).