Happy New Year from us! Luckily we don't have to wait long until our first gig of 2017. Feb.9 we'll be playnig a set in support of a very worthy cause: education in rural Africa, Ghana to be precise. Zhambai's Curtis Andrews does education development work in the village of Dzogadze while his friend Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo does even more work (including starting his own music-centric academy!). The fundaraiser on Feb.9 will go towards supporting these initiatives.
Come and give some support, or simply donate on-line (see under events on the right).
July 25, 2016
Man oh man...what a time in Newfoundland! Zimbamoto played some awesome shows, made new fans, and absolutely melted the Ship Pub with a nearly 2-hour set (with no break!). Crowd loved it (as part of the Sound Symposium). Now we are back. No Zhambai action coming up but Zimbamoto will be playing in Kelowna as part of the West Kelowna World Music Festival. Should be a good time as we've never played out there before. We'll be having a special guest in place of guitar though, reed master Colin Maskell!
July 2, 2016
Curtis is from there. Kurai has been there a couple of times. But now, Zimbamoto will come in full-force to give Newfoundland something it has never had before. With the help of a Canada Council grant, all 5 members of Zimbamoto (including Kurai's one-of-a-kind "spacejet" marimba will be on The Rock from July 8-16. Check the date on the right. Come see us if you happen to be in the hood, or tell friends who might be around.
February 9, 2016
For those who were at the Fairview Pub last Friday you know who awesome it was. A modest trunout but a great showing of music and dance. Great energy. We hope to play there again in the future. Lots of room for dancing and amplified sound was much better than other venues we have played at. Stay tuned for the next gig!
Quick heads up, Zhambai at Calabash this Thursday Feb.11.
Black History Month in effect!
January 12, 2016
Some Zhambai/Zimbamoto action in the next couple of months....see what the rest of the year brings!
October 12, 2015
Hey folks. Things will be a little quiet on the Zhambai/Zimbamoto front as Kurai will be in Australia until December. Look for some gigs in the new year.
June 1, 2015
Zhambai has been a little quite lately while our bigger incarnation Zimbamoto has been more active. That said, there will be a few opportunities to experience Zhambai live this summer. See the events on the right side.
January 12, 2015
And we're back! A small Xmas break for us all and ready to start 2015 with some music. Winter is usually pretty quiet on the music front, we shall see what the summer brings. In the meantime keep checking our events to see some local shows, including this Friday where Kurai will be rocking his "deep C" mbira. It'll be subtonic!
December 1, 2014
Hello all. Things will be a little quiet on the Zhambai front as Curtis will be away in India until January 6. Stay tuned for more action in 2015.
September 6, 2014
Yo! Summer is about over I guess, but Fall is fine too. Zimbamoto will be playing a triple-bill of marimba madness on Sep.17. Check it out HERE
June 13, 2014
It's been awhile and hibernation is over. Curtis was in Ghana for the last 6 weeks and is now back, along with sunny climes. Zhambai and Zimbamoto will be playing various shows over the next few months so stay tuned and join our mailing list if you want to be connected.
Happy new year all!
Some nice shows coming up if you see on your right.
The Cafe Deux Soleils show with Zimbamoto will be as awesome as ever and we are excited to have a new guest One Kingdom play an opening set for us.
On Feb.8 at Performance Works, Zhambai will play with a stellar line-up of other African music artists. A show not to be missed!
Buy tix below!
November almost over! Zhambai has been a little dormant, Curtis back in school, Kurai back from a stint in Zimbabwe. We have a show coming up on Nov.29 with Tarab and Zimbamoto though. Should be awesome. December will be a little quiet after that. See what 2014 brings!!
June 14, 2013
Hello all, a bit quiet on our front but a little Zimbamoto action tomorrow night at Just Dance in Kits. See the link to the right. Excited to be doing that. Zhambai and Zimbamoto will both be performing at Mission Folk Fest in late July as well.
Other than, Zimbamoto will play an evening of music at Chai on Main St. Should be interesting. That is June 21.
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!