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Zhambai Trio formed in early 2010 following the musical inspiration of accomplished musicians Kurai Mubaiwa, Curtis Andrews and Navaro Franco. The group plays traditional and original music from Zimbabwe and features ancient instruments such as the mbira (“thumb piano”), hosho (maracas), and ngoma (hand drums) as well as the more contemporary Zimbabwean marimba. The haunting, yet uplifting, sound of the mbira rhythms and interlocking melodies combined with the lilting quality of the vocal harmonies are at once stimulating and relaxing. Zhambai Trio has performed at numerous venues in Canada to thrilled and enthusiastic audiences. Zhambai means scream in the Zimbabwean Shona language. The group’s central instrument, the mbira, is a melodic 25-key Zimbabwean lamellaphone that in Shona mythology is believed to connect the living with the spirit world of the ancestors. It has been used for centuries in Zimbabwe to fulfil spiritual needs and for healing. In the past three decades it has gone worldwide and can be found in numerous new environments ranging from pop bands to movie soundtracks to world music fusion ensembles. The context may change, but the effect of the instrument remains. “Tambanavo” is their debut CD, released in June. Website: www.zhambai.com. Click here to listen to Zhambai Trio

Geographic location: Zimbabwe, Canada, Shona

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  • Reijo Salmela
    September 27, 2012 - 10:28

    Fantastics music. Reijo.