Mbira outfit, Mbira Dzemuninga, will on Friday night host a New Year 2011 bash at the City Sports Bar, dubbed Bira Rekuvhura Gore, which they say is a thanksgiving offering to their ancestors for ushering them into the new year.
The group, made up of Jacob Mafuleni, Peacheson Ngoshi, Tonderai Ndava and Micah Munemo, spent the better part of 2010 on a tour of the US.
“During the show we are going to pray for our ancestors to guide Zimbabweans in this great year 2011,” said band member, Mafuleni.
The all-night show, which will begin at 8pm, will include supporting acts from Bongo Love, Sweet Calabash and Dzana Mbira.
Mafuleni said Mbira DzeMuninga and Bongo Love had a close relationship as they have both toured extensively in the US in the past three years and were planning a return tour again later this year.
“We are very pleased to also be hosting US tour managers Dana Moffet and Cathy Crystal together with other guests we taught to play the mbira in America,” he said.
He said they would present some of their new songs for 2011 like Zvabvanepi, a cry for the ancestors to help the people throughout the year and Hondo, a prayer to fight the troubles of this world.
Mafuleni said all the new tracks they would play during the show would be part of their latest offering titled Muninga which has been released in America and is set to be released in Zimbabwe by the end of January.
“This show promises the audience a wide variety of talent and music, steeped in traditional, contemporary and Afro acoustic sound,” he said.
Mafuleni said there was a unique quality to their performance, with each member having contributed to new compositions and lyrics.
He added they would display a wide range of talent by switching instruments.
“This is our first time to host such kind of a show and we want to make it an annual event,” he said.