Just a quick email to say thank you for last Friday, it was a sensational evening! With your help, we have been able to send 4 computers and few other essential goods to the DRC this morning. You probably know this already but just in case you don’t, I am off to the DR Congo this coming Thursday (15th May 2008) where I am hoping to finalise partnership deals with the Education and Social Services authorities, locals schools, universities as well as the Oxfam (Kinshasa), who will be giving us valuable technical support. If you want to keep touch and follow on a daily basis my daily activities in the DR Congo, please visit me blog space at www.menelikmusic.com Please feel free to write for a chat, I promise to reply as often as possible.
I will be back in time for the shows on the 6th and 13th June 2008 as well as the one on the 11th July 2008 which also happens to be our last gig for this summer. Before I go, let me introduce the coming bands again to you:
Candido Fabreis considered one of Cuba's greatest singers and composers. His gift for improvisation allows him to create a 'son' from any given situation or expression. Candido Fabre was the songwriter, arranger and main vocalist with the great Orquesta Original de Manzanillo before forming Candido Fabre y su Banda in 1993. His 14 strong band features some of the very best Cuban charanga musicians. One of Latin America's foremost songwriters, Candido has written over 1,000 songs which have been performed by artists such as Orquesta Aragon, los Van Van, Manguare, Isaac Delgado, Ritmo Oriental and los Karachi. On the international scene, his songs have been performed by Celia Cruz, Oscar D'leon and Jose Alberto El Canario. Candido Fabre is also a personal friend of Fidel Castro so if you have a message to send, this could be the ideal opportunity.
ZAMBULAwere originally formed as a ten piece in West Cornwall in the 1980's when Ugandan singer and percussionist Tito teamed up with the Israeli singer Wendy Herman and conga player Demelza Val Baker. From the start this was an exciting dance band that soon got their audiences dancing to original material written by Tito and Wendy. Starting off by playing private parties, the band soon progressed to becoming one of the South Wests biggest drawing bands, playing all the main venues throughout Devon and Cornwall. They became regulars at the regions main festivals such as St Ives, Hood Fayre, Elephant Fayre and have been a permanent fixture at Glastonbury for over two decade.
La-33 was born in the year 2001 as the life project for the brothers Sergio and Santiago Mejia who thanks to its exposition and projection turned out to be the objective, the reason and until the necessity of an extensive work party that includes from musicians to an audio-visual team. Like the “salsa dura” from the 70's La-33 was born in an urban environment, to be more precise in the city of Bogotá (Colombia) on the 33rd street, now you know where the band name comes from. La-33 started sounding all over the world mainly by “La Pantera Mambo” song that includes an adaptation of the melodic line of Henry Manzini’s “Pink Panther”. La 33 is a collective where visual and graphic elements are integrated in order to show to the public a clear idea of what the group and its musicians are as well as their backgrounds to get a final effect: There’s fire in La 33
Here you go; I have done my best and hope that it was enough to convince you to come out.
MenelikMusic and I of course, look forward to seeing you all very soon.
All the best