Shangara Jive

Shangara Jive (WA)

Saturday 18th November, 9pm. Free entry

Singer -songwriter, talented drum-kit player and percussionist, George Joe arrived in Australia in 1998 as a musical ambassador of Zimbabwe bringing with him the contemporary mix of Zimbabwean traditional mbira music (Chimurenga), Sungura, Soca Beat, Jit , Kwassa Kwassa and Roots Reggae.

Shangara Jive music is written collaboratively on the foundations of Georges roots and culture, the music takes its influences from traditional mbira (thumb piano), drumming and dancing troupes in Zimbabwe with musical flavours influenced from the Congo, South Africa and Senegal . Songs are sung in English and Shona and reflect themes of day to day living in Africa, African traditions and culture, education for African youth, political impacts on African societies, and the joy of music.

George formed the band 'African Music Congress' shortly after arriving in Australia in 1998, and this band went on to win 'Best World Music Act' in the Western Australian Music Industry Awards. for the four following years.

George formed Shangara Jive in 2002 and since then they have played hundreds of shows and supported many international acts such as Yousou 'n' Dour (Senegal), Thomas Mapfumo (Zimbabwe), Ozomatli (USA), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe) and Malaika (South Africa).

Shangara Jive released the EP Play with Fire in 2004 and launched their latest full length album, Melody, in 2012 with sponsorship and support from Radio RTR 92.1 FM 's Fresh Blast program and Healthways Western Australia.

The band's lively show is all about the heavy melodic grooves founded on the mbira and african percussion. This sets the stage for a very entertaining, exciting and interactive experience which appeals to all ages, backgrounds and cultures.