Bulawayo – Zimbabwean Dance Band
The infectious music of Bulawayo, Cecilia Ndhlovu’s entrancing mbira thumb-piano and hypnotic and joyous Ndebele and Shona vocals take listeners on an educational journey through Zimbabwean tradition. Driven by classic jit-jive guitar and rolling chimurenga bass matched with the powerful drum patterns of modern Zimbabwe, the classic sound of Bulawayo has arrived.
Cecilia Ndhlovu – Mbira, vocals
Fidelis Mherembi – Marimba, Mbira
Simwinji Zeko – Lead guitar
Edd Bateman – Bass
Blaggy – Drumkit
Cecilia grew up in Bulawayo in Matabeleland, southern Zimbabwe. She learned to dance at school where because of her natural talent she was known as ‘magida omncane’ or little dancer.
When she was 16 she joined the national dance troupe Black Umfolosi and several years later she began to sing, dance and tour the world with one of Zimbabwe’s biggest stars, Oliver Mtukudzi. She worked with Oliver for 6 years and recorded 5 albums before moving to England.
Now with a five strong line up of mbira, guitar, bass, drumkit and marimba the group reflects the sound of modern Zimbabwean dance bands with a universal energy that appeals to all.
For those of you who missed it, here’s highlights of the fabulous DoodlePlanet, recorded time-lapse last week.