Zimbeat is a San Diego-based ensemble that performs the dynamic village music of Zimbabwe, Africa. The music is based on the Shona peoples' traditional instrument, the mbira Dzavadzimu. Consisting of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a hardwood soundboard, the mbira Dzavadzimu is played with two thumbs and the right forefinger. Hypnotic interlocking melodies and spirited African rhythms culminate in the captivating and compelling music that is found in traditional and contemporary Zimbabwe. Zimbeat performs as an mbira group, a marimba ensemble, and an afro-pop electric band.
ZIMBEAT has been described as . “a village fiesta on stage.” Offering its audience a‘San Diego meets South Africa' sound, Zimbeatcombines traditional Shona mbira music, a modernZimbabwe–style marimba ensemble, fierce polyrhythmicpercussion and afro–beat horn lines that conjure everybeing to rise up and dance. While their instrumentalcompositions approach chimurenga, jazz, and afrorock,their vocal numbers, sung in Shona and English,relay a message that is positive, peaceful and at features a dynamic set list that is sure to inspirefrom start to finish, flowing from a full band line-up, to amarimba ensemble, to a small traditional mbira they pride themselves on their unique sound, theirinfluences include Thomas Mapfumo, Oliver Mtukudzi,Stella Chiweshe, Ephat Mujuru, Forward Kwenda,Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obeyand Abdullah Ibrahim. Their mission is for everyone tohave fun and dance to the music!