March 5, 2013
Well, things have been a little quiet on the Zhambai front. Curtis was away for awhile and Kurai unavailable too, but Zimbamoto will be playing a few tunes at a fundraiser coming up. Check the event listings on the right.
Also, footage from the Zimbamoto concert last March at the CBC has been released on the CBC3 YouTube page. Here is a link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9LZ-UwZpaE. Some great footage of Zimbamoto and a Zhambai tune as well. Huge thanks to Jon Siddall and the CBC!!
Holiday season is upon us and we in the Zhambai Trio hope it treats you all well. We'll be taking a little break from shows until January as Curtis is gone visiting family in ON and NL until mid-January.
In other news, the awesome photgrapher Diane Smithers who did the pics for our album is in need of some help. Her gear and hard drives (with 1000's of awesome photos and years of work) were stolen a few months ago. She has set a fundraising campaign to help get back on track. Details are HERE
A quick shout to let you all know about a great band, direct from Zimbabwe on tour for the past 5 months in North Amercia.
Bongo Love shared the bill at the Zhambai Trio CD release back and June and rocked the place with their original Zimbo vibes featuring marimba, mbira, guitar, percussion and voices.
This is the FINALE date of their whole tour and the next day they depart for Zimbabwe!
Bongo Love @ Cafe Deux Soleils
2096 Commercial Drive.
A Facebook page is HERE
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we can't attend the Mundial Montreal Conference.
Hopefully we can still arrange for some opportunities in the future, possibly a summer tour across Canada if all things line up and the funding Gods agree.
In other news, HERE is a nice review of our CD from Wholenote magazine in Toronto.
We've been selected as a nominee for World Music Group of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards!
Not sure what this all means, but it must be good.
The function happens on Nov.16 so we'll what happens on Nov.17. (Unfortunately we can't attend the awards show)
We've also been invited to showcase at Mundial Montreal in November. Hopefully we get the travel funding because without it, we can't go. It is a great opportunity to meet other artists and more importantly, presenters and festival directors from across Canada. Hopefully something good can come out of it for us.
Kurai Mubaiwa will be offering a weekend of workshops in Vancouver. Click on the workshop tab on the left to find out more. It will cover mbira, marimba, singing, dancing, hosho and drumming...a rare treat!!!
Zhambai is about to head out to Sunshine Music Festival in Powell River. We'll give a workshop on Friday night and a concert on Saturday night. Should be fun.
Also planning a mini island tour in early November..hopefully it pans out. We'd love to play over there.
And in some great news, we've been invited to shocase at Mundial Montreal, a new world music showcase for Canadian artists being held on Nov.13-16 in wonderful (and cold) Montreal, PQ. Hopefully we can get some nice gigs out of it.
Busy times on the Zhambai front. After the album release Curtis spent some time in Newfoundland, Kurai went to the awesome Zimbabwean music camp Nhemamusasa North (on Vancouver Island). We just played a couple of great shows, especially a treat to play at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen classical Chinese garden. What an atmosphere. And great crowd too. A couple of other gigs in August and September and then a little silent as Curtis heads to Germany for a month with Uzume Taiko.
The CD has been getting great reviews from all kinds of people and we can't wait to (hopefully) tour next summer to other parts of BC and Canada. See if this whole machine can work for us.
Amazing night a few days ago for the CD release. Bongo Love brought great vibes, Zhambai sounded great and Zimbamoto shook the walls. The CD is also out and in people's hands. To get a digital copy, visit iTunes or Bandcamp. To get a physical copy, go to Highlife Record's in Vancouver (BC), Fred's Records in St. John's (NL) or E-MAIL us and we'll send a copy anywhere in the world.
We did it!! Through Indigogo we managed to raise the $2500 we aspired to to complete our debut CD.
Artwork is being completed as we speak and digital copies of the album can be bought from Bandcamp by clicking HERE. Also available on iTunes...just go there and search "Zhambai".
A HUGE thanks to everyone who donated to this cause on-line and directly...not possible without your support.
CD release party is taking shape stay tuned for details.
CD release date has been confirmed!!! June 21 at The Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver. ZimbaMoto will be supporting us and lifting the roof as well. Special guests all the way from Zimbabwe(!) are Bongo Love. It'll be a hot, hot night for sure. Mark it in your calendars. We just had a great photoshoot a few days ago with Diane Smithers and the pics look great. Everything is coming together. Just 5 days left in our crowdfunding campaign (above)....please contribute if you feel like it...you will be rewarded!
As you can see from the above widget, we have launched our on-line "crowdfunding" campaign.
Please check it out and contribute or at least spread the word around the world if you can. E-mail, Facebook, Twitter and all that jazz..just spread it around. Visit the above site and all instructions are there. The music sounds great and we can't wait to share it with everyone. June is the planned release date.
Curtis is back from 2 months in India and good things on the horizon. 3 days in the studio with Paul Shatto at Vogville Studios in late November yielded some tasty fruit. We have 10 tracks ready to release!!
Now we need to do some fundraising to get this baby out by June hopefully. Stay tuned (or join our mailing list) for info on a fundraising gig in later March and release details.
ZimbaMoto will be doing a CBC radio recording/concert on Mar.2 which will be recorded for CBC radio as well as on video for web broadcast. Details at right.
And some summer gigs for Zhambai are in the works.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the recent show at Cafe Deux Soleils...sold out and people dancing on the tables!! That is what we like to see. Music and vibe felt great.
This Thursday, Zhambai will head in Vogville Studios to record a bunch of music with Paul Shatto. This is through a demo grant program we availed of via MusicBC. Should sound good!
BEATING HEARTS - A Fundraiser To Support Grass Roots Development Work in Rural Ghana
3 w.8th Ave.
Featuring ZImbamoto, Tarab, Rio Samaya, Mezcla and Adanu Habobo.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/144787985680794/