MAP off to Malawi fest

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LOCAL six piece band Music According to Percussion (MAP), which sets percussion as the sole driver of its music, will tomorrow stage their debut performance at the Lake of Stars Festival set for Kabumba Hotel resort in Malawi.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

Lake of Stars Festival that roars to life today until Sunday, is an annual three-day international festival that features musical acts drawn mainly from Africa and Europe, and will also feature the Great Zimbabwe University band, Team Fusion.

MAP, which is led by renowned percussionist Othnell “Mangoma” Moyo, will stage their evening performance on the Beach Stage.

The ensemble’s founder and director, Tinashe Mukarati, said they were honoured to represent Zimbabwe at the fiesta.

“The root of our music is the ngoma (the oldest type of African drum) and rhythms which evoke intense feelings from deep within the heart used for centuries in Southern and Central Africa to send messages, to summon people for rain-making, for celebrations, festivities and various ancient rituals,” he said.

Mukarati said MAP branches out to embrace other percussion instruments and styles from around the globe, including marimba and mbira from Zimbabwe, Djembe and balafon from West Africa.

“With our music, we shift from technical artistry to a more trance-like style that requires certain levels of concentration and “takes one to places they have never been before”. Along with traditional Southern African styles are flavours of reggae and samba as well as hints of Middle-Eastern rhythms,” he said.

Local musicians Selmor Mtukudzi, Tariro NeGitare and Pearl Natasha have also participated in the past.