Ugandan master set to perform

Kinobe has been playing music since the age of five, and began touring Europe with an African ensemble when he was 10.

Nomad is Kinobe, a young Ugandan master of the 26-string African harp known as the kora, and Michael Waters, a Victoria-based virtuoso guitarist.

They met in Uganda in 2006 and have mounted 10 tours in Canada, the USA and Europe since then.

Kinobe has been playing music since the age of five, and began touring Europe with an African ensemble when he was 10. Based in Kampala, he has travelled the whole of Africa playing with musicians steeped in the tribal traditional styles.

Kinobe also plays the kalimba (thumb piano) and percussion instruments in his shows. His music can be heard at www.kinobemusic.com.

Waters played the guitar as a spiritual practice for 33 years before his encounter with the medicine ceremonies of the Amazon triggered a creative breakthrough and the decision to begin playing publicly.

His unique style combines soaring guitar virtuosity and a new genre known as acoustic psychedelic chill. The mix with traditional African roots produces an eclectic groove that is very much its own sound.

His music can be heard at www.ladybirdmusic.com.

Nomad performs Nov. 23 at the Sherab Chamma Ling Temple in Courtenay.

Tickets are available at Winds of Change and at the door (407A Fifth St.). Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music is at 8. Seating is limited to 40.

For more information, e-mail michael@ladybirdmusic.com.

— Sherab Chamma Ling Temple

 

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