Shangara Jive

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Friday 22nd February, 9:30pm. Free Entry

Singer –songwriter, talented drum-kit player and percussionist, George Joe arrived in Australia in 1998 as a musical ambassador of Zimbabwe. George brought the contemporary mix of 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 influences from Senegal Mbalax music, Soukous from the Congo and the percussion from Guinea. 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, the joy of music.

In his first incarnation 'African Music Congress', George who won four 'Best world Music Act' awards in the Western Australian Music Industry Awards.

George formed Shangara Jive in 2002  who have played 200+ shows and supported many international acts such as Yousou 'n' Dour (Senegal), Thomas Mapfumo (Zimbabwe), Ozomatli (USA), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe( and Malaika (South Africa) since.

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 influences from Senegalese mbalax music, soukous from the Congo and the percussion from Guinea. 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, the joy of music.

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 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 an or african percussion which sets the stage for a very entertaining and an exciting interactive experience which appeals to  all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

Shangara Jive is planning to hit the road in 2012 and join the national festival circuit and have plans to head back to Africa to record and collaborate with local artists.