On February 25, 2011 at 8:00 PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO PASIPAMIRE
A Vancouver musician.
Okavango: An African Orchestra is an ambitious new musical project that could happen only in one of the world’s great multicultural cities: Toronto. Batuki Music Society Artistic Director Nadine McNulty has assembled a cast of seven accomplished African-born musicians who now live in Toronto and Montreal: Daniel Nebiat (Eritrean Krar), Pasipamire Gunguwo (Zimbabwean marimba/mbira), Donne Roberts (Malagasy guitarist), Nuudi Kooshin (Somali kaban), Waleed Abdulhamid (Sudanese bass/guembri), Sadio Sissokho (Senegalese kora) and Walter MacLean (Ghanaian percussion).
The orchestra takes its name from the Okavango Delta, a basin in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, where many different animal species come together to feed and find water. Predators and prey are forced to coexist and share the meager resources because of the harsh environment around them. Similarly, Okavango: An African Orchestra brings together the traditional music and instruments of several major African cultures that historically have had little or no interaction. The musicians of Okavango have created a common meeting place for these disparate cultures, and a new musical language that harmonizes their different tuning systems, rhythms, and timbres. The multicultural spirit of modern-day Canada bridges ancient African solitudes.
The concert program will feature 5 traditional songs from the various African musical cultures represented, plus the world premiere of Okavango: A Conversation with the Spirits: a suite of 5 new, CBC Radio-commissioned pieces by members of Okavango: An African Orchestra.