We love it when friends of Afropop direct us towards great music. Going through the hundreds of emails we got over the weekend, a listener of Afropop Worldwide sent us a link to a Youtube video of an Atlanta-based, Kalimba artist named Kevin Spears who really takes the use of the instrument in interesting directions.
Spears recently participated in a contest put on by the audio equipment company BOSS. We aren’t sure about the details of the contest but judging from the video Spears recorded for the contest, we think he should have won. Spears utilizes the traditional African instrument and tweaks it to create a soulful, funky sound that would make Stevie Wonder smile.
Check it out: