Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band

Family Days Concert
Zambezi Marimba Band

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The Williams College Department of Music presents the Zambezi Marimba Band in concert on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.

This concert during Williams Family Days highlights the verve and energy of this group in a free performance open to all. Led by Tendai Muparutsa, the Zambezi Marimba Band was founded in 1992 and is inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba music as well as contemporary African styles. Zambezi’s chromatic marimbas are hybrids, combining tempered tuning with a rich and buzzy African tone, making this a truly unique ensemble. Williams Family Days give parents and others a chance to attend a Friday class, enjoy student performances and faculty presentations, and get to know all of the new people in their student’s life. This performance is in that spirit too, an evening sharing the joy of Zambezi’s music with the whole community.

About Tendai Muparutsa
Tendai Muparutsa is an internationally known performer, music educator, ethnomusicologist and bandleader. He belongs to a multitude of Zimbabwean and African music circles in North America, and collaborates with musicians and instructors from all over Africa. He performs with afro-pop groups and directs mbira, marimba, and dance ensembles. His high energy, humor and passion for sharing African music delight audiences and students alike.