Saturday, September 3, 2016
Nhapitapi — a Shona word meaning sweet sounds — is a dynamic, six-piece ensemble of Zimbabwe musicians, singers, dancers and performers who expertly weave ancestral rhythms and melodies with contemporary African diasporic flavours, conjuring musical magic in their midst.
Nhapitapi’s music is a kaleidoscopic journey through space and time. Their sound takes root in the old voices of the African continent, and travels seamlessly towards its modern progeny of Afro-jazz, funk, rock, reggae and ska, all the while holding fast to the sacred spirit of ceremony. To those who know it well and those newly acquainted alike, many have found in this creation the quality of universal appeal.
Nhapitapi’s magnetic performances open with the healing serenity of mbira and marimba, both grounding and energizing. Vocals, shakers, hand drum, guitar, bass and drum set are then introduced, producing playful and complex layers of auditory enchantment. Once audiences have fully surrendered to this soaring soundscape, a deft duo of dancers hits the floor with unparalleled vigor and bold flirtation, drawing onlookers in to join the outburst of cathartic joy.
And so, we invite you with open hearts and arms to join us in song and dance, and you too will feel the breath of the lion on your neck.