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Mbira Renaissance Band / April Verch
August 15 @ 7:30 pm
Mbira Renaissance Band
“…Hypnotic African rhythms, syncopated vocal harmonies, significant reggae infusion..This band is fun”. – Rootsfan
The Mbira Renaissance Band will have any audience on its feet and dancing! Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the band delivers an afro-fusion, Thomas Mapfumo, Andy Brown and Bhundu Boys inspired sound that pays homage to the rich, ancient, musical genre of mbira music which has its roots in Zimbabwe. The members make up an eclectic group; drawing on their musical backgrounds in jazz, rock, traditional Zimbabwean music and reggae.
“One of the 12 best things at MerleFest.”- Rolling Stone
JUNO award nominee April Verch is known for her Old-Time Appalachia, crack fiddling, electric step dancing and sweet singing. April Verch steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions. Touring the world to share songs from her her 11th album (The April Verch Anthology), Verch’s performances combine her delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously.