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  • Atongo Zimba

    Thu. 06 October 2011 | 8:30 PM

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    Atongo Zimba was born in the savannahs of northern Ghana in 1967. His grandfather taught him how to play the koliko or molo – a two stringed calabash lute - at a very young age. Atongo’s family are cowhearders and Atongo used to play his molo and compose all his own songs whilst he was minding the family’s herd.

    Like many of his contemporaries, Atongo was enthralled by the sounds of Fela Kuti’s afrobeat. Inspired, he left his home town to discover the musical idioms of the surrounding regions, and then lived in Lagos, Nigeria – becoming the opening act for Fela Kuti at his legendary club, The Shrine.

    Following the nomination of his third European release Barefoot in the Sand as best African Album of the year in Holland, where his record label is based, Atongo Zimba and his band have performed at major festivals all over the world.

    Atongo is now touring the UK to promote his brand new CD, Sankuune (the name of a dance) which marks a return to Atongo’s acoustic roots.

    He is accompanied by African percussion and electric guitar.

    Atongo Zimba’s distinctive voice cleaves through the air like a sparrow

    Afro-fusion for the 21st Century

    Beautiful, inspiring music

    Feisty uptempo tunes to brilliant molo and percussion feast

    Another affirmation that Zimba is the new face of Ghanaian music

    Fabulous songs performed by an excellent cast of characters, but on a deeper level it can be viewed as one extremely talented singer’s love affair with the various components that dominate West African music

    Indispensable, perhaps legendary, a top 10 definite.

    The Beat, USA, reviewing Barefoot in the Sand
    Location:
    Norwich: Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St. Benedicts St, NR2 4PG
    Admission:
    £10, £8 concessions
    Telephone:
    01603 660352
    Accessibility:
    Level access to most areas. Disabled-access toilet. Hearing loop.
    Organizer(s):
    Norwich Arts Centre

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