Apr
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Chartwell Dutiro and Timbila at Superfine

Chartwell is back! Yes, the inimitable mbira maestro from Zimbabwe, Chartwell Dutiro, will be in the New York area over the next few weeks to (among other things) deepen his collaboration with our band Timbila. We’ll be finishing off our sublime recording collaboration—stay tuned for the launch of our Indiegogo campaign!—and performing a few choice shows, including this one!

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Apr
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chartwell Dutiro and Timbila at Tagine

Chartwell is back! Yes, the inimitable mbira maestro from Zimbabwe, Chartwell Dutiro, will be in the New York area over the next few weeks to (among other things) deepen his collaboration with our band Timbila. We’ll be finishing off our sublime recording collaboration—stay tuned for the launch of our Indiegogo campaign!—and performing a few choice shows, including this one!

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Last Lion Song in Brooklyn: Presentation, Performance, Book Reading
Dec
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Last Lion Song in Brooklyn: Presentation, Performance, Book Reading

Last gig of the year! I'll be doing one more event in support of my new book, Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and The Music that Made Zimbabwe. Sat., Dec. 12, 8 PM. Barbes, 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn 718.965.9177

The show will start with a multimedia evocation of Mapfumo's dramatic life in the rough-and-tumble of Zimbabwean history, and of course, his music. Then I'll do a short reading and end with music. I'll use my guitar to channel the Mapfumo sound, and then veer off in a few other directions.  Surprise guests possible!

And I will have Lion Songs books and CDs available.

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Timbila with Chartwell Dutiro: Final U.S. Appearance!
Sep
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

Timbila with Chartwell Dutiro: Final U.S. Appearance!

 

There is one more chance to hear Chartwell Dutiro with Timbila before he returns to the U.K.: Barbes, next Saturday night!  We’ve had an amazing run these past few weeks.  The sound just keeps getting deeper…

SATURDAY, September 26, 8-9:30PM
Barbes

376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn 718.965.9177

Chartwell Dutiro has played the Shona mbira virtually his entire life. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the U.K., Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music. His collaboration with Timbila breaks new ground in the evolution of mbira performing with Western instruments.  Lion Songs CDs and books will be on hand for sale.

 

Chartwell Dutiro – mbira and vocals

Nora Balaban - mbira, timbila, vocals

Banning Eyre - guitars

Rima Fand - violin, vocals

Dirck Westervelt - bass

Bill Ruyle - drums, percussion

Louisa Bradshaw – vocals

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Boston: House Concert with Chartwell Dutiro and Members of Timbila
Sep
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Boston: House Concert with Chartwell Dutiro and Members of Timbila

I'm pleased to let you know that I'll be returning to Boston with the extraordinary Zimbabwean mbira player, Chartwell Dutiro, and members of the band Timbila for an intimate house concert hosted by Solomon Murungu in Belmont, MA on Sept. 25 (details below). We've been doing great work this past month and have had some superb concerts in New York. Hope to see many of you at this one. And I will have copies of my Zimbabwe book, Lion Songs, in which Chartwell is an important character.  The story continues....RSVP to banning@afropop.org for location of event.

$20 suggested contribution
Dinner 6:00pm - 7:15p (sadza/nyama, vegetarian etc, wine/beer)
Music 7:30-9:30

http://www.zambuko.com

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Mbira maestro Chartwell Dutiro with Timbila
Sep
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mbira maestro Chartwell Dutiro with Timbila

Chartwell Dutiro has played the Shona mbira virtually his entire life. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the U.K., Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music. His collaboration with Timbila breaks new ground in the evolution of mbira performing with Western instruments.
Friday 9/18 7pm
The Art of Healing
1 Front St., Patterson NY 12563
(845) 878-4325

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Mbira maestro Chartwell Dutiro with Timbila
Sep
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

Mbira maestro Chartwell Dutiro with Timbila

Chartwell Dutiro has played the Shona mbira virtually his entire life. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the UK, Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music. His collaboration with Timbila breaks new ground in the evolution of mbira performing with Western instruments.

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Chicago, IL: Thomas Mapfumo concert celebrating LION SONGS
Sep
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chicago, IL: Thomas Mapfumo concert celebrating LION SONGS

Chicago's HotHouse has organized a day of events celebrating the recently released biography LION SONGS: THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE MUSIC THAT MADE ZIMBABWE

Following the book reading at the Sulzer Library on Sat., Sept. 12, later that evening, HotHouse presents Thomas Mapfumo and his band the Blacks Unlimited in concert at the famous blues club, Rosa’s Lounge. The concert will culminate in an impromptu performance with Mapfumo and his band “jamming” with local blues artists. The two events promise to be a remarkable occasion honoring international civil rights and cultural work.

Concert

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited with special guests

Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Chicago, Il. 60647

Doors open 7 p.m. Two Shows: 8 and 10:30pm (house cleared between shows)  Tickets $20 General Admission, $30 seated and $35 for both show

Contact: Marguerite Horberg  e-mail: hothouse3.0@gmail.com

Phone: (773) 989-7825

ABOUT THOMAS MAPFUMO

Thomas Tafirenyika “Mukanya” Mapfumo was born in Marondera, Zimbabwe in 1945. He discovered an early childhood interest for traditional music and indigenous instruments (ngoma, hosho and mbira) from his grandparents who were avid musicians in the village. By ten he moved to Mbare to live with his parents who worked in the city. At the time, Mbare was a black ghetto township and a hub of protest movements against the segregationist colonial regime of Rhodesia. Young Thomas became exposed to the freedom protesters and the police brutality against them and this shaped his life-long political consciousness. It was also during this time in Mbare that Mapfumo listened to diverse international music broadcast on the radio and this inspired him to plan for a musical career.

Around 1973 Mapfumo joined his first group, the Hallelujah Chicken band in Mhangura, a small mining town. Initially, he had sang in English but quickly realized the need to express himself in the local vernacular to both please his fans and spread the call for freedom. Realizing a need for seriously pursuing his own “Chimurenga” style of music, he then founded the Blacks Unlimited -around 1978. By then, Chimurenga music had morphed into a symbol for the struggle against injustice and was a threatening presence in war-torn Rhodesia. Through music, he continued to taunt the colonial regime, denouncing poverty and advocating for freedom. Despite the colonial system reacting to the music with censure and repression, Mapfumo’s music irresistibly rocked the nation like a hurricane.

When Zimbabwe won independence in 1980, Mapfumo was one of the featured artists at the national celebration appearing on stage with the iconic reggae legend Bob Marley. This opened more doors to recording opportunities in London and propelled his international fame. However now under Robert Mugabe, looming corruption, grinding poverty, and the decaying rule of law blighted the promising new nation. Mapfumo now began to compose his lyrics as missiles of protest against his own government. To the surprise of many, the same kinds of music censorship from former colonial Rhodesia now also visited Mapfumo. Upon his release of the “Corruption” album in and facing increasingly more pressing conditions, in 2000, he relocated to the USA.

In October 2012, Mapfumo was inducted into the Afropop Hall of Fame during at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City. This humbling recognition of “the Lion of Zimbabwe” for his historical contributions to the fight for freedom and social justice in Zimbabwe and decades of civil rights activism was a justly deserved award

As Bob Marley is to Jamaicans or Fela Kuti is to Nigerians, Thomas Mapfumo is to Zimbabweans. The bandleader is a superstar in his home country, both for his masterful blending of traditional sounds with world music and for his powerful political messages. Now living in exile in Oregon due to his outspoken criticism of Mugabe, Mapfumo yearns to go home, according to biographer Banning Eyre.

 SPECIAL GUESTS

BILLY BRANCH

Billy Branch was discovered by Willie Dixon, the "father of modern Chicago Blues," while Billy was still in college. Willie encouraged Billy to finish his college education, which he did, but instead of going to law school after receiving his political science degree, Billy began touring with the Willie Dixon Chicago All-Stars. This gave Billy the unique opportunity to travel and work as an under-study for the legendary Carey Bell who was planning to leave the All-Stars and form his own band. When Carey took his leave, the young Billy Branch took his place, touring with Willie Dixon for 6 years.

Since those early days, Billy has played on nearly 200 different recordings, including 12 albums under his own name. He's recorded with Willie Dixon, Johnny Winter, Lou Rawls, Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Honeyboy Edwards, Syl Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer, and Taj Mahal, just to name a few.  In addition, he has received three Grammy nominations.

ABOUT HOTHOUSE

HotHouse was founded in 1987 to provide a forum for expression in the arts that was under-represented elsewhere in the Chicago cultural community. It was created primarily to curate multi-arts and educational activities that bolstered the prominence of innovative artists working in the margins of the commercial market and to facilitate events that amplified a variety of progressive social movements.

For two decades the organization maintained two award-winning cultural centers where it presented its programs—the first catalyzed growth in the Wicker Park neighborhood (1987-1995) and the second spurred development in the South Loop in downtown Chicago (1995-2007). The board of directors is currently pursuing plans to build its third site.

HotHouse develops its programs in response to a variety of community needs and seeks to extend the milieu of the academy and position high caliber (and international) arts innovation before underserved populations throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.

 

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Chicago, IL: LION SONGS DOUBLE HEADER! Book signing and concert by Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited
Sep
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

Chicago, IL: LION SONGS DOUBLE HEADER! Book signing and concert by Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited

HotHouse presents Banning Eyre, Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited.

Book signing and concert anchor day-long salute to the music that made Zimbabwe.

HotHouse has organized a day of events celebrating the recently released biography LION SONGS: THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE MUSIC THAT MADE ZIMBABWE.

Banning Eyre, biographer, musician and producer of the nationally syndicated radio show Afropop Worldwide, reads from his book at the Sulzer Library on Sat., Sept. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. Following the reading, later that evening, HotHouse will present Thomas Mapfumo and his band the Blacks Unlimited in concert at the famous blues club, Rosa’s Lounge. The concert will culminate in an impromptu performance with Mapfumo and his band “jamming” with local blues artists.

The two events promise to be a remarkable occasion honoring international civil rights and cultural work.

Both Thomas Mapfumo and Banning Eyre are available for advance interviews.

EVENT DETAILS

Sat., Sept, 12, 2015

Book Signing and Reading LION SONGS: THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE MUSIC THAT MADE ZIMBABWE with the author Banning Eyre

Sulzer Public Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago IL 60625

1- 3pm. Free admission. Signed copies of the book available for purchase
 

Concert

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited with special guests

Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Chicago, Il. 60647

Doors open 7 p.m. Two Shows: 8 and 10:30pm (house cleared between shows) Tickets $20 General Admission, $30 seated and $35 for both shows

 

 

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Zim Explosion! Lecture and Demonstration With Banning Eyre and Thomas Mapfumo
Sep
10
1:30pm 1:30pm

Zim Explosion! Lecture and Demonstration With Banning Eyre and Thomas Mapfumo

On Thurs., Sept. 10, at 1:30 p.m. OHIO will host a lecture and demonstration from Mapfumo in the Schoonover Center, Room 450, Ohio University campus. This lecture will also feature a talk about Mapfumo’s heritage throughout Zimbabwe’s decades of radical change from Banning Eyre, the senior editor of Afropop. Eyre has recently published a book on Mapfumo, Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe. He is also a contributor to National Public Radio (NPR) and discovered Mapfumo’s Ohio University connection while researching this new book. Mapfumo’s story is fascinating, and faculty, staff, students and community members will enjoy hearing him perform and lecture. Event is free and open to the public. Lion Songs books and CDs available for sale.

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Zim Explosion! Ohio University Presents Thomas Mapfumo in Concert
Sep
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Zim Explosion! Ohio University Presents Thomas Mapfumo in Concert

Thomas Mapfumo is a legendary Zimbabwean musician, known for his mbira infused music that echoes the struggles of the people of Zimbabwe. He's performed his own chimurenga music around the world since the 1970s, forming his group Blacks Unlimited in 1978 and continuing a storied career through over four decades. This show is presented by Stuart's, Arts for Ohio, Ohio University African Studies, Ohio University Black Student Cultural Programming Board, OU Multicultural Center & Programs, and OU Performing Arts & Concert Series

A limited number of FREE tickets are available for Ohio University students, call (740) 753-1924 to reserve! 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Call (740) 753-1924 or click here to buy online
Floor: $25 adv • $30 door | Balcony: $20 adv • $25 door | Box Seats: $35 adv • $40 door |

Link for more information: http://stuartsoperahouse.org/thomas-mapfumo-p-447.html

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Aug
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

Timbila, featuring mbira master Chartwell Dutiro

For centuries Shona people of Zimbabwe have believed in the guidance of their ancestral spirits. Mbira music plays a central role as a linchpin between the living and the spiritual world, in all-night ritual ceremonies called bira. The mystic power of mbira music summons the ancestral spirits.

Chartwell Dutiro grew up in Zimbabwe and started playing mbira at the age of 4. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the U.K., Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music. Chartwell is a superb instrumentalist and a soulful singer. His arrangements of Shona traditional music are both innovative and inspirational. He is also a gifted storyteller with a deep sense of history and a wry sense of humor. An evening in his presence is an unforgettable experience.  

Chartwell specializes in collaborations, and has worked with artists in many genres all over the world. This August, he will deepen his long-standing friendship with guitarist Banning Eyre and his more recent collaborations with mbira player and singer Nora Balaban and violinist and singer Rima Fand. Together with the other members of the band Timbila, they will develop a unique set of music that showcases both Chartwell’s powerful take on tradition, and Timbila’s creative adaptations which turn ancient melodies and rhythms into surprisingly contemporary songs.

 

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Timbila, featuring mbira master Chartwell Dutiro
Aug
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Timbila, featuring mbira master Chartwell Dutiro

I'm extremely pleased to announce that mbira maestro Chartwell Dutiro is back in New York for the next month.  Timbila is working out a special new repertoire with him and we'll be doing a series of concerts, featuring Chartwell alone, Timbila, and all of us together. Details below. This is special stuff. Chartwell is a superb entertainer as well as a virtuoso musician. Hope you can make one or more of these shows.

Also, I'll have copies of my book and CD, Lion Songs, Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe on hand for signing and sale. Chartwell, by the way, is a key character in that story...

Friday August 28 8pm

Upstream Gallery

8 Main Street. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

Suggested donation $10-20

 

 

 

 

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Aug
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

Frelighsburgh, Quebec, House Party

Banning will present the book and perform in his parents’ ancestral home. They’re no longer around, but the family will put on a good party!  It's a lovely setting, just a mile from the U.S..border with fine views of the green mountains. 

The event will begin at 5PM with a reading and a short solo guitar performance, demonstrating aspects of chimurenga music.  Afterwards, there will be a potluck dinner, followed by spontaneous music, so please feel free to bring any instrument you like.

RSVP to banning@afropop.org

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Jul
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

Timbila/ Lion Songs at Barbes (Brooklyn, NY)

Timbila, the Afrodelic roots trance band I play guitar in, will perform at the coolest small venue in Brooklyn. There will be a short presentation on the book, but mostly music--our refracted, re-engineered, re-imagined take on traditional music from Zimbabwe. An intimate night of mostly acoustic music. 376 9th St., Brooklyn 11215; (718) 965-9177 barbesbrooklyn.com

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Jun
28
11:00am11:00am

Brunch Talk and Solo Concert (Angeline's Bakery, Sisters, OR)

Breakfast with Banning! Music with muffins! An intimate solo guitar concert interspersed with readings and conversation about Lion Songs. The focus will be Thomas Mapfumo and the book, but I will also perform music from other parts of my African repertoire. 121 W. Main St., Sisters OR 97759 (541) 549-9122 www.angelinesbakery.com

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Jun
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

House Concert, Book/CD Signing in Santa Barbara, CA

Banning Eyre: Concert and Book/CD Signing for
Lion Songs, Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe
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This will be an intimate evening in a private home. Banning will give an overview of the book with music, images, and video clips. Then he will play a solo guitar concert of (mostly) Zimbabwean music. Books and CDs available for sale and signing. There will be African food. Feel free to bring salad, drink, and if you have one, a folding chair. RSVP for details: banning@afropop.org

 

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Jun
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

House Party in Santa Barbara

This will be an intimate evening in a private home. Banning will give an overview of the book with music, images, and video clips. Then he will play a solo guitar concert of (mostly) Zimbabwean music. Books and CDs available for sale and signing. There will be African food. Feel free to bring salad, drink, and if you have one, a folding chair.

RSVP for details: banning@afropop.org

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