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Zimbeat to Perform at Library

Oceanside CA- The Oceanside Public Library and the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library are proud to present Zimbeat as part of the 2014 World Music Series. This free concert will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms located at 330 N. Coast Highway. Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking garage.

Zimbeat is a San Diego-based ensemble that performs the dynamic village music of Zimbabwe, Africa. The music is based on the Shona peoples’ traditional instrument, the mbira Dzavadzimu. Consisting of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a hardwood soundboard, the mbira Dzavadzimu is played with two thumbs and the right forefinger. Hypnotic interlocking melodies and spirited African rhythms culminate in the captivating and compelling music that is found in traditional and contemporary Zimbabwe.

They have been described as …
“a village fiesta on stage.” Offering its audience a ‘San Diego meets South Africa’ sound, Zimbeat combines traditional Shona mbira music, a modern Zimbabwe–style marimba ensemble, fierce polyrhythmic percussion and afro–beat horn lines that conjure every being to rise up and dance. While their instrumental compositions approach chimurenga, jazz, and afro-rock, their vocal numbers, sung in Shona and English, relay a message that is positive, peaceful and powerful. Zimbeat features a dynamic set list that is sure to inspire from start to finish, flowing from a full band line-up, to a marimba ensemble, to a small traditional mbira group. While they pride themselves on their unique sound, their influences include Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Stella Chiweshe, Ephat Mujuru, Forward Kwenda,
Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey and Abdullah Ibrahim. Their mission is for everyone to have fun and dance to the music.

Doors for this free performance open at 1:30 p.m. and it is open seating. For more information on Library programs and services, please call (760) 435-5600 during regular business hours, or visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org.

More information about Zimbeat can be found here [link]. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library.