Jambanja

Jambanja

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Jambanja is deeply rooted in the rich musical and spiritual legacy of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Fusing traditional vocals, marimba, hosho, mbira, drum and dance with acoustic beat and electric bass and guitar, Jambanja presents an exciting and irresistibly danceable show enjoyed by all ages.

Biography

With high spirited rhythms, fiery dance, and enticing melodies, Jambanja’s music is deeply rooted in the rich musical and spiritual legacy of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Fusing traditional vocals, marimba, mbira, hosho, drum and dance with contemporary acoustic beat and electric bass and guitar, this six-piece ensemble presents an exciting and irresistibly danceable show enjoyed by all ages.
Composer/Arranger Garadziva Chigamba comes from one of the most respected families of the Shona music tradition. His ability to cut through the boundaries and rules of rhythm has entranced from the novice to the most knowledgeable lover of music and dance. It is this resource that he uses to translate ancient Shona prayer, work, courtship and celebration songs into modern expression.
Reflecting the voices of the Zimbabwean mbira masters before him, Chigamba’s creations speak to what is human within us all—appreciation, praise for success, refusing war, celebrating one’s better half, acceptance and harmony.
Formed in 2002 by Chigamba and his wife Melissa, after they relocated to Canada from Zimbabwe, Jambanja has performed all over the west coast of North America. Leaving burgeoning passions for Zimbabwean music in their wake, the band has helped to weave a dedicated west coast community of marimba enthusiasts into the Shona spirit.
Joined by the talents of Noëlla Crégheur, Ilana Moon, Hughson Welch and Ted Wright, the members of the band have a wide and varied background of musical experience, now collectively bringing their focus deep into studying and sharing the vision that is Jambanja.
The ensemble has performed at festivals, halls, private parties and other venues all over the west coast, as well as at over 100 schools. After opening for Oliver Mtukudzi at the Vogue in Vancouver, the acclaimed Zimbabwean music veteran remarked about the band, “Now that’s the real thing.”
With two CDs and a growing fanbase, Jambanja welcomes all into its exhilarating expression of world sound, driving you to your feet and dancing you beyond your soles.

Discography

Mbavarira "Determination" 2004
(over 8000 copies sold)

01 Jambanja "It Will Happen" 7:52*
02 Tsika "Good Manners" 6:36*
03 Set Us Free 7:15*
04 Mawuya Mawuya "Welcome" 5:48
05 Mbavarira "Determination" 3:46
06 Chipo "Gift" 5:52
07 Nyamamusango "Meet In the Forest" 5:20
08 Tadzungarira "We Are Suffering" 6:08
09 Chikundo "Victory" 5:36*
10 Chemwechangu "My Better Half" 5:55*
11 Bangidza "Enlighten" 5:25
12 He Le Le 5:00

Gungwa "Ocean" 2006
Hot off the Press: Not yet officially released...

01 Gungwa "Ocean" 5:44*
02 Kuzunza "To Shake" 6:07*
03 Dande "A Spiritual Place" 6:01
04 To To Tamba "Here We Dance" 7:49*
05 Muka Tiende "Wake Up Lets Go" 7:29
06 Jaivha "Jive" 5:50*
07 Hondo "War" 5:24
08 Shanda "Work" 5:39
09 Hoso "Horse Drum" 3:47
10 Mutenda Mambo "We Thank the King" 6:56
11 Shanje "Jealousy" 3:36
12 Mbavarira "Determination" 6:13

*original compositions by Garadziva Chigamba

Set List

Jambanja opens its set with traditional zimbabwean dance and drumming. They start off stage while singing and coming in one by one, captivating the audience with high energy rhythms and dance.
They move into a traditional marimba piece while presenting the claypot, with more displays of dancing and singing.
Their set follows with lots of high-energy world music, involving the audience with singing, dancing, and clapping.
Their repertoire includes traditional zimbabwean music as well as their own world-beat compositions!
They are always asked to play more!!
Jambanjas set can range from 1.5 hrs to two sets of 1.5 hrs.