I have been a Thomas Mapfumo, the Lion of Zimbabwe, music fan since my youth. I began to understand the structure of music when I learned to play Zimbabwean Chimurenga music 25 years ago. After so many years of playing marimbas, mbira, drums and other instruments creating Chimurenga music, I started a program called Sweet Dreamers Marimba. Our first production endeavors were so amazing sharing the love of music with community you kids.
SWEET DREAMERS MARIMBA BAND PROJECT
The Sweet Dreamers Marimba Band Project is a project where musically gifted students from township communities get the opportunity to learn to play the marimba and to play in a professionally trained and managed marimba band. The project was founded by Danmore Kusaya (SA) and Monika Stadelmann (CH) in January 2019. Teachers and coaches of the marimba bands are the members of the Minanzi Mbira Band. Besides practicing and performing with their band, Danmore, Tendayi, Liberty and Owen have a strong belief that playing music – African indigenous music in particular – will give South Africa’s youth not
only creative musical activities after school but also the self-confidence and joy they need to healthily grow and develop.
May 2019 the Sweet Dreamers Marimba bands started to play their first concerts.Since then they have performed many concerts at different kinds of venues all around Mpumalanga, SA. It’s amazing what they have already achieved in this short period of time! They get offers to play shows not only from different Game Lodges in Kruger National Park but also from well known Festivals in Mpumalanga. Their facebook fan community is growing with every day. – but they wouldn’t call themselves Sweet Dreamers, if they didn’t dare to dream about playing internationally in their near future. How about your event?
Following an already impressive catalog that includes last year’s “Primus EP”on NBGS, “High Key” is Low Tempo’s first full-length album on Croma. Crunchy Mbira licks, intricate solos and occasional improvisations are the order of the day, combined with hip hop beats, skillfully chopped vocals and tight synth lines to devastating effect.
I am now exactly one month away from the release date. To make the wait a little smoother, the fatigued one was totally down to the idea of previewing a track for y’all before the album drops. So without wasting too much time, here is the opening track from “High Key”:
We bring a new Afro-centric interpretation of traditional sounds and songs which dates to a time when music was known to have magical properties. ”People sang and had a certain ceremony for rainmaking, appeasing of ancestors, harvesting the crops from the fields – even beer drinking and feasting,” says Artistic Director Danmore Kusaya.Our shows combine entertainment as well as educating the recipients/audience who should feel the goodness of being under the African Sun and the rich heritage of our diverses cultures.