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Friday, May 25
 

11:00am PDT

Hamilton International Middle School Marimba
Marimba Jazz

Friday May 25, 2012 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
Mural Amphitheatre 47.62057, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • Biography A vibrant and energetic group of 6-8th graders playing traditional music of Zimbabwe as well as original material. Great for dancing.

2:00pm PDT

Spruce Street School 5th Grade Ensemble
Exciting marimba sounds

Friday May 25, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Mural Amphitheatre 47.62057, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Spruce Street School is an independent school located in downtown Seattle. These students have been playing marimba since kindergarten.
 
Saturday, May 26
 

11:00am PDT

Tropical Montana Marimba Ensemble
Stir your soul, lift your feet

Saturday May 26, 2012 11:00am - 11:35am PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage 47.62314, -122.35246
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Our music has its roots in the polyrhythmic mbira traditions of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. In 1985, we were the Grin and Bear It String Clan performing Irish and Old Time music at the NW Folklife Festival. There we encountered the marimba version of this music, caught the spark, and Tropical Montana Marimba Ensemble was born. We have been playing and learning ever since.

7:45pm PDT

Cordaviva
Afro-Latin Dance Music

Saturday May 26, 2012 7:45pm - 8:15pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage 47.62314, -122.35246
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Cordaviva is a 9-piece powerhouse of dance music influenced by the disparate rhythms and styles of the African diaspora. Their upbeat original music is a unique blend of soukous, rumba, afrobeat, funk, and various latin styles. Bright horns compliment sublime vocal harmonies (sung in various languages), soulful guitars, and relentlessly driving percussion. The members of Cordaviva have performed at such notable Seattle venues as Sasquatch Music Festival, Bumbershoot, Hard Rock Cafe, The Triple Door Mainstage, Showbox, Neumo’s, Tractor Tavern, and ACT Theatre. Cordaviva’s influences stem from musical legends such as Nigeria’s Fela Kuti, Guinea’s Bembeya Jazz, and Congo’s Franco & TP OK Jazz, as well as the Brazilian and Afro-Cuban sounds of Caetano Veloso and Mongo Santamaria.
 
Sunday, May 27
 

11:45am PDT

Boka Marimba
Dance Music of Zimbabwe

Sunday May 27, 2012 11:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage 47.62314, -122.35246
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Boka Marimba is Portland’s original African-style marimba band. We have been thrilling audiences in the Pacific Northwest with the exuberant music of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa for more than 20 years. Boka Marimba is a ten piece band, blending soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass marimbas, drum set, percussion, and vocals to create a unique and irresistible sound. Our music is upbeat, danceable, fun to watch, and appeals to listeners of all ages.

2:40pm PDT

Sean Gaskell
Kora Music from West Africa

Sunday May 27, 2012 2:40pm - 3:10pm PDT
Folklife Cafe 47.62383, -122.35084
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Olympia native Sean Gaskell plays the West African Kora, a 21 string harp native to the Mandinka people of The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The instrument dates back a few hundred years. Many of the songs played on the Kora come from the era of Sunjata Keita, the person who founded the Mande empire back in the mid thirteenth century. The Kora sounds similar to a harp, and with 21 strings, there is much room for personal innovation and improvisation. Gaskell studied the Kora in The Gambia in 2008, and will be returning there in January of '12. He anticipates his first CD release to take place in March of 2012. Visit myspace.com/seankora and listen to a few tracks that will be included in this recording.

3:00pm PDT

Ruzivo
Zimbabwean Afro-Pop

Sunday May 27, 2012 3:00pm - 3:35pm PDT
Mural Amphitheatre 47.62057, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Ruzivo plays a mix of Zimbabwean traditional music and compositions from Paul Mataruse that produces an infectious sound that always gets audiences dancing and singing along.

3:50pm PDT

Anzanga Marimba Ensemble
25 years of exciting sounds

Sunday May 27, 2012 3:50pm - 4:25pm PDT
Mural Amphitheatre 47.62057, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography Tradtional and contemporary marimba music from Zimbavbwe and beyond. Performed for 26 years. produced 5 recordings

4:40pm PDT

Spirit of Ojah
World music from West Africa

Sunday May 27, 2012 4:40pm - 5:15pm PDT
Mural Amphitheatre 47.62057, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • URL
  • Biography The Spirit of Ojah Dance band, led by legendary Ghanaian highlife drummer, Roger Ocquaye, plays long harmonious waves of sound and rhythm. The band has performed all around the PNW for 5 years. People are inspired to get up and dance.
 
Monday, May 28
 

4:30pm PDT

NJUZU MBIRA
Sweet Roots Music of Zimbabwe

Monday May 28, 2012 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Folklife Cafe 47.62383, -122.35084
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • Biography Njuzu Mbira was foremd in 1998 by Nathan Beck and Marian Grebanier and later joined by Mark Burdon on hosho. Subsequently, singers Melanie Lyon and Karin Tauscher joined the group. Njuzu Mbira has performed at Zimfest; in cafes, libraries, schools, hospitals, farmers markets, and street festivals. Website:

5:00pm PDT

Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble
Mbira Music from Zimbabwe

Monday May 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:35pm PDT
Center House Theatre: Sponsored by KUOW 47.62170, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EMD -- Africa - MUSIC
  • Biography Members of Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble have all been studying Shona mbira music for at least 15 years and as much as 40 years!