Mbira Renaissance

Nov 17th 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

 

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Mbira Renaissance

Mbira Renaissance gives original flair to the rich, ancient, classical musical genre that is Mbira.  

The music is delicate yet upbeat, the bass lines are reminiscent of the great chimurenga sounds of Thomas Mapfumo, reggae rifts are interwoven with jazzy melodies. The polyrhythm of the traditional Zimbabwean mbira (thumb piano) sets the delicate foundation for the pieces. Maintaining the genre's musical traditions, the group sings primarily in the Shona language of Zimbabwe.

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The Mbira Renaissance Band is a lively musical act that will have any audience up and dancing! The band gives original flair to the rich, ancient, classical musical genre that is mbira music. Maintaining the genres’ musical traditions, the group sings primarily in the Shona language of Zimbabwe. The music is delicate yet upbeat, the bass lines are reminiscent of the great chimurenga sounds of Thomas Mapfumo, reggae rifts are interwoven with jazzy melodies and the polyrhythm of the traditional Zimbabwean mbira sets the delicate foundation for the pieces. The group released its first E.P, titled “Tisvikeiwo” (loosely translated to arrival), in 2015, and has enjoyed airplay on CBC Radio 1, CKUA and CJSR.

The Mbira Renaissance Band Members have their musical roots in jazz, rock, mbira, marimba, blues.

Beyond the groups’ activities, band members are active in Edmonton as hosts
on radio shows on CJSR, volunteers with the Zimbabwean Cultural Society of Alberta (ZCUSA), the Council for Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage and various Not-For - Profit groups.

The Mbira Renaissance Band regularly performs at the Blue Chair Cafe?, and has also performed at many local and international festivals.

Check out this site for a taste.

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