Celebrate Brooklyn was in for a real treat when mbira master Garikayi Tirikoti took the stage to wow the small audience that had gathered for the early portion of the Africa Festival on July 17th. It was actually appropriate music for a small crowd, an intimate multi-layered sound which consists solely of a large mbira and Garikayi’s vocals. The speed with which Garikayi plays multiple runs on the mbira makes it sound like there are several mbiras on stage, but despite the feverish fingerplucking, the overall sound produced is one of rich calmness, matched beautifully with his voice.
Garikayi played a very short set between Djarara, a fast-paced Haitian rara band; and Meta and the Cornerstones, a band which Afropop has watched evolve over the last year into a truly notable reggae outfit headed by Meta Dia. We didn’t get pictures of either, but you can see a video of Meta and the Cornerstones when they first came into our consciousness last year here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdncziefSm4. P.S.—It was only the second Afropop Live! video ever produced.
Garikayi will be playing with Banning’s Band, Timbila, this Wednesday night at Timbila’s annual Garden Party in Alphabet City. Catch him before he heads back to Zimbabwe!
Here's a fun game: find the Sean Barlow in the crowd (okay, it's not too difficult).