The long awaited music debut of long time friends and music journeymen, Yeshe and Kurai, is set to push out the edge of contemporary Zimbabwean Mbira Music, opening it up to other influences from Africa and beyond, including instruments such as Ngoni, bass, kick drum and mesmerising percussion. This exciting new musical project takes the old bottles of ceremonial and traditional Mbira Music and fills it with new wine.
This is a story that was seeded 20 years ago in the Matapi Flats, Harare, Zimbabwe. It was there that Yeshe Reiners (DE/AU) and Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa (ZIM/CA) were fully immersed together in the ceremonial, traditional and contemporary Shona Mbira music, led by Garakayi Tirikoti, the Zimbabwean master Mbira player and instrument maker. I'm pleased that Humph Hall is going to be part of this exciting duo's East Coast tour.
Something very different for us! :-)
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"Yeshe is a triumph of multiculturalism……His voice - imagine Tom Waits crossed with Harry Manx……Were you looking for a snapshot of the wonder of Australian multiculturalism, this band is it" - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 2014
“Truly a ‘citizen of the world’, his music is marked by African influences with a sophisticated style and very cosmopolitan touch” - Festival D’Ete- Quebec City, Canada - 2011
“Progressive, evolving and rooted powerfully in the earth, Yeshe continues to push cultural boundaries to find new sounds, new experiences and share simple messages of hope and peace” - Island Folk Fest, Canada, 2011
“Sublime. *****” - Montreal Metro, Canada, 2011