From: Frances Moran [F_dot_Moran_at_kent_dot_ac_dot_uk]
Sent: 06 June 2008 10:06
Subject: Albert Nyathi & Imbongi - Gulbenkian

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Albert Nyathi & Imbongi

Red Hot African Hi-Life & Township Jive

Friday 20 June 7.45pm

Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


“They had me dancing away non-stop and just blew me away” Africa Oye


Direct from Zimbabwe with Maqhinga Radebe (Ladysmith Black Mambazo) South Africa's 'Prince of Maskanda Guitar'.


Explosive, dynamic and visually stunning, Imbongi are a high-energy must-see fusion of words, song, music and dance. They are a vibrant, multi-talented 8-piece band, comprising keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals, poetry and dance. Expect an un-paralleled and exciting blend of traditional, blues, jazz and contemporary African music. Fronted by Zimbabwe's premier performance-dub-poet Albert Nyathi.


Literally storming Glastonbury Festival, Sidmouth and WOMAD this summer - in addition to many appearances round the country, delighted audiences were left spell-bound by the sheer diversity and energy of Albert and the band. Winner of the Zimbabwe National Poetry Award - Albert Nyathi is known as the voice of the people. Controversially outspoken and unafraid to voice thoughts on his Zimbabwe, the country, the people, the politics, poverty and life in the townships.

A celebration of, sound, colour and dare we say poetry in motion - and don't forget your dancing shoes or just sit back and enjoy .Unmissable!


Tickets £12 Concs £10


6pm – 6.45pm

African Dance & Song Workshop


A fun introductory workshop led by the dancers and singers from Imbongi. Discover the dance, song and poetry traditions of Africa with these WOMAD favourites. A great way to learn how to strut your stuff and get in voice before tonight’s' show. No experience necessary, wear loose clothes if possible. Children welcome.


Tickets £4


Booking Office 01227 769075

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Frances Moran
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Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent
01227 827956
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