The late Sam Mtukudzi had also been billed to perform at the shows on March 27 and 29.
Backed by Danish Soren Moller (keyb), Jesse Lewis (US, guitar), and Zimbabwe’s very own Josh Mech (bass) and Clive Mutyasira (drums), this show promises “ a mesmirizing interlocking of mbira and saxophone”, crossing over between jazz and traditional and modern African rhythms – music without borders.
Max Wild and Chiwoniso unite to create a soundscape that transcends cultural divides with their unique fusion of jazz, funk, and ancient Africa melodies. Driven by the mesmerizing interlocking textures of the mbira and saxophon. Chiwoniso Maraire’s voice resounds with defiant strength and profound tenderness finding its counterpart in Wild’s soulful sax lines. With vocals that recall the fire of Angelique Kidjo and the rebellion of Thomas Mapfumo, coupled with saxophone melodies suggestive of the soul of Kenny Garrett and inspiration of Branford Marsalis, this duo embodies one of the most exciting cross-cultural collaborations in music today.
Supported in Harare by Pamberi Trust, African Synergy Trust and The Zimbabwe-German Society/Goethe Institute, The Mannenberg shows are part of a wider Southern Africa tour, Harare being the third stop after Johannesburg and Blantyre, followed immediately after by Maputo, Mozambique, and Malverns, Swaziland before winding up back in the City of Gold in April.
Mbira star Maraire performs entrancing and uplifting songs with ancient soul and modern spirit. Known and loved by Zimbabweans and music-lovers around the world, Chiwoniso is an icon in African music today. In 1997, she released her first solo album, Ancient Voices, which was warmly received and even earned her the prestigious Radio France International “Best New Artist” award. On Rebel Woman, her first internationally released album in over ten years, Chiwoniso’s soulful and deeply personal songs offer messages of hope, inspiration and resistance, and serve notice that this gifted singer and songwriter merits recognition as one of Africa’s greatest young talents.