Zimbaremabwe is a group based in Brighton, but with its musical roots in Zimbabwe. Led by Linos Wengara Magaya we play our traditional sets, centered around Mbira, the spiritual instrument of Zimbabwean culture, as well as our Mbira Reggae style, which brings the sounds of Mbira tradition together with modern Reggae.

Our traditional or reggae sets can move an audience, both in spirit and in a dance. Our traditional, acoustic style set usually features 2 or 3 players, and our full band would have 6. We are also professional Reggae DJ's should that be of extra interest.

We have plenty of festival and gigging experience and have performed at Rhythm Tree, Shambala, Womad, Tribal Earth, One Love, Solfest, Wattsfest, Sidmouth Folk festival, Mela festivals, and venues such as Komedia (Brighton), SOAS concert series, Shaka Zulu, Kemia Bar, Troxy theatre (London), Railway (Winchester), Winter Garden theatre (Eastbourne). We also perform for private functions, weddings and parties.

We teach Mbira and Zimbabwean traditional arts, professionally. Mbira being a traditional thumb piano played in Zimbabwe. We have self published 2 instruction manuals for Mbira and can conduct workshops in Mbira, dance, singing, drumming etc. We cater for groups and individuals and regularly work for institutions such as SOAS university (School of Oriental and African Studies, London).

We would be happy to send copies of our albums plus any further material needed, at your request.

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Zimbaremabwe’s unique fusion of traditional and authentic southern-African sounds is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Linos Wengara is a naturally charismatic performer who along with his co-musicians, weaves together a mesmerising set that builds in pace to the point where everyone in the room is on their feet and dancing. Bringing good vibes and positivity wherever they go, these guys are the perfect festival band who’s cross-cultural sound can’t fail to please. I’ll definitely be working with them again in the future.
  Michael Dog, Dogs in Space, Solfest.

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