African - Zimbabawe, Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, from Vancouver BC
Instruments: Vocals, Marimba, Hand Percussion, Composition/Songwriting, Mbira (Zimbabwean Thumb Piano) details
Contact DetailsKurai Mubaiwa
Kurai Mubaiwa has been an established professional world musician, music teacher and theatre actor since 1994, who has toured across Europe, West Africa, Southern Africa and across Canada opening and/or performing with artists such as Chiwoniso Maraire, Cesaria Evora, Andy Brown, and Oliver Mtukudzi at internationally recognized concerts and festivals.
ZimbaMoto is a collective African band from Zimbabwe with a range from Shona traditional music to contemporary African rhythms from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Congo, Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya. This four piece musical journey begins with Kurai Mubaiwa who hails all the way from Zimbabwe with his Mbira, a melodic 25 key Zimbabwean thumb piano that in Shona mythology is believed to connect the living with the spirit world. The show starts with Kurai wearing his traditional Zimbabwean costume of ostrich feather headdress, loin skirt and leg shakers, as he plays the Mbira, accompanied with singing and chanting in his native Shona language. After the traditional set the members of ZimbaMoto join together and take this musical journey to a further height, fusing the unique acoustic sounds of the Zimbabwean tenor Marimba and Mbira, with the pulse of the African drum beats, the depth of the electric bass and rhythmical African guitar riffs.
The band is comprised of a quartet of very talented world musicians from diverse musical backgrounds. The group may also by request have the delight of inviting other great guest African dance performers to the stage.
Solo and Trio marimba and mbira performances are also available.
Wokshops available by request.