I am very excited to share that tickets are now on sale for my upcoming show, Phulani, at the Ordway in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This performance is both a celebration and a mourning of our connections to each other and our ancestors across space and time. Humanity has great opportunities and great challenges to overcome, from the violence perpetrated against each other to the harm caused to our Earth. This performance is about connecting to each other, the world around us, and those who came before us through the language of music.

This series of original works played by myself on Mbira Dzava Dzimu, Kora, Inanga, and Timbila will be accompanied by Cello, Violin, Viola, and Voice. The power of this performance is driven by its centering on African string instruments: Inanga and Kora. The featured instruments come from three distinct regions of the continent. The Inanga is a harp from Central Africa, with greatest prominence in Rwanda and Burundi. Timbila is a traditional percussive instrument native to my home province of Mozambique in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Phulani means “Open.” By this, my wish is for open minds, open hands, and open hearts. Openness to others and openness to our inner selves. Composed through a uniquely African style of improvisation, I aim to explore the threads, rhythms, and sounds that bind us to each other. This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased here.

View this event with my other upcoming performances in my calendar here.

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