Zimbamoto is an Afro-Fusion ensemble led by Canada’s foremost virtuoso mbira and marimba player, Kurai Mubaiwa and featuring some of Vancouver’s best “world” musicians. Mixing the traditional music of Zimbabwe with electric grooves and heavy beats, they create a hypnotic sound that is uniquely built for the dance floor. They will move you through southern Africa, from the village to the urban street party. The music is rooted in the classical repertoire of the mbira, a metal-tined ‘thumb piano’ that first appeared in the Zambezi River valley nearly 1,000 years ago, that is traditionally used to invoke ancestral spirits. Mubaiwa has been playing the instrument since childhood, where he would walk from village to village while playing, something he still does today in urban Vancouver! Tambai is their debut album (released Nov.2017).
Lead vox, Mbira, Marimba, Percussion
Kurai has played the mbira since childhood in his native Zimbabwe and has established himself as the source of traditional Zimbabwean music in Canada. He has toured across Europe, West Africa, Southern Africa and Canada.
Drums, Percussion, Vox
Percussionist, composer, scholar, teacher, and philanthropist, Curtis' ongoing journey has taken him from the villages of West Africa to the metropolises of South India. He performs in a wide variety of musical styles and is currently completing his Ph.D in ethnomusicology.
Mark is a guitarist and bassist , music teacher and composer who has been making music for over 30 years, hailing from the west coast of Canada.
Greg is a self-taught composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays in many world music, psychedelic, rock and experimental music projects in Vancouver.
Israel “Toto” Berriel
Israel “Toto” Berriel is a traditional Afro-Cuban percussionist, vocalist, and educator. For twelve years, he played with the world’s best-known Rumba group, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, where he mastered the Afro-Cuban repertoire. Toto is an exceptional performer and a naturally gifted vocalist with a distinctive sound. Although deeply rooted in Afro-Cuban traditions, he is also comfortable with jazz, soul, and funk. Originally from Matanzas, Cuba, Toto has toured worldwide and made Canada his home since 2001
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