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Zimbabwean musical trio hits the city stage tonight

Blessing Chimanga, the 24-year-old musician from Zimbabwe is in town this weekend. Chimanga, who sings and plays the marimba, will be accompanied by keyboardist Zimbeva Elisha and drummer Blessing Muparutsa Tafadzwa. We catch up with Chimanga about what they have in store.

Tell us about the marimba.
The marimba is a tradition percussion instrument from Zimbabwe. The type of marimba I play is soprano and it has 17 keys. It is a melodic and harmonious instrument. The sound truly is the sound of Africa. I think the marimba is now getting people’s attention globally. Even though it is a traditional instrument, I play styles like jazz, blues and pop. The idea is that it can do more than what it’s normally known for.

What is traditional music like in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe is very diverse with different tribes across the North and the South. Cultural arts are considered very important and they are promoted in every way possible. The music industry has played a big role in promoting the culture through traditional songs and even dances. We try to keep the culture alive by encouraging young people to pick up traditional instruments.
What can we expect from this gig?

This is our second time in India and we are back with more fire and more electricity. We will definitely take the crowd to Africa and back. The music will bring joy, peace and happiness in their lives.

What has been your experience in Bengaluru?
We realised last time that people from this city are easy to connect with and they love to have fun. So we are expecting to meet more people, build lifelong friendships and also we are looking forward to set Bengaluru on fire.
Rs 500 upwards. Today
and tomorrow, 9.30 pm. At Windmills Craftworks, Whitefield. Details: 8880233322

— Anagha M

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