Thank you to everyone who came out to the Festival of Nations May 3-6th. It was a wonderful celebration of culture and music from around the world. I was pleased to give more than 10 performances over the four days of the festival, and enjoyed meeting the other musicians performing pieces from Ireland, Laos, Bulgaria, and many other countries.
Some of the younger audience members really got into the performance.
Performing on the Rwandan Inanga at the Festival of Nations, 2018.
Nyttu Chongo performing on the Rwandan Inanga at the Twin Cities Festival of Nations, 2018.
Nyttu Chongo performing a piece on the Inanga on the main stage at the Festival of Nations, 2018 in the Saint Paul River Centre.
On May 3rd, I brought my Timbila for the day and performed several marrabenta pieces. May 4-6th, I stuck to the Inanga, Mbira Nyunga Nyunga, and Mbira Dzava Dzira for a more calming, melodic effect. The Inanga was originally an instrument for the king, with the musician playing lullabies in private to help him drift off to sleep. The plucked harp carried nicely through the crowds of people shopping, eating, and visiting.
Nyttu Chongo preparing to play the Mbira Nyunga Nyunga on the small cultural stage at the Twin Cities Festival of Nations, 2018.
Nyttu Chongo playing the Mbira Dzava Dzira at the cultural stage at the Festival of Nations, 2018.
The Saturday afternoon crowd at the Festival of Nations, 2018.
I am looking forward to celebrating springtime with everyone next weekend. Come out for a relaxed evening at Urban Forage Winery & Ciderhouse. Here’s more about the performance from Urban Forage’s website.
Nyttu Chongo brings music and rhythms from Mozambique, using traditional instruments such as the Mbira, Chopi Timbila and Inanga. Nyttu brings sounds to the Twin Cities that have seldom been heard here before. Come enjoy an evening of innovative and beautiful music from the southeastern coast of Africa.
I have added several new performances to my calendar for March, April, and May. Please visit my events page for dates and times of performances at the Guthrie Theater, Festival of Nations, and more.
Join me at the intimate Music Forest Cafe for a journey through Mozambican storytelling. I’ll be sharing several of my favorite traditional Mozambican folk songs on the mbira, batuque, and timbila, as well as a few original songs. Maybe we will bring in the inanga and guitar as well.
6:00PM, Friday April 6, 2018 (free show)
Music Forest Cafe (151 E 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101)