AFRO JAZZ YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Nicholas Manomano is touring in summer 2020 with 15 students through Europe at festivals, schools, universities.
They play 2 Marimbas, 2 Mbiras, Sax, Klarinette, Trumpet, Guitar, Bass, Ngoma (South African bass drum), Hosho (pumpkin rattles), Nyunganyunga /KarimbaPercussion, Drums & Vocals.
During the rest of the year the 4 musicians give concerts with Marimbas & Mbiras.
Nicholas Manomano, a prominent, multi talent and a great Marimba Virtuose take several music students under its care and brought it to the point of the Marimba Play art.
He was born 1976 in Murehwa, a agricultural village where it received its primary and secondary education. His informing career began 1994 at the primary school in Munamba. Since at that time he increased, in order to become respected players and Tutors in Zimbabwe and Europe. Its musical influence affected some Marimbagruppen to accept its kind of the play. It enjoys high cultural reputation by different programs including organizing the international music trips and the Marimba Workshops and organizes for 5 years the large Marimba festival in Harare, where approx. 200 Marimba Spielerinnen meet. Its ability, in that multi-radially situation to work is a certification of its expertise.
The founding of the Kutinya Marimba Music Center
One of the greatest achievements registered by Nic Manomano is the founding of Kutinya Marimba Band in 1999 together with the former Marimba players of Dominican Convent and Prince Edward Schools. Over the years, it expanded accommodating players from other schools such as Gateway, Harare International School and many others providing marimba tuition. As the demand for tuition increased, the band was promoted to become a music institution whose art-work vibrated in all corners of Harare.
The Marimba originates from Africa. Of 16th Century on gives it numerous written and ikonographische sources for Xylophone in Africa. The oldest reference - a report of the Arab traveler Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta over its visit in the Kingdom of Mali - originates from the year 1352, thus from one epoch for a long time before beginning of the transatlantic slave trade.
The Mbira (also Kalimba, Sanza or thumb piano mentioned) is a nearly 1000 years old music instrument from Africa. The European designation reads Lamellophon, although this term does not only describe Mbiras.
Originally of the people of the Shona in Simbabwe and Mozambique and easily, is considered it develops Simbabwes today as national instrument and is common in the southern Africa. Only in Simbabwe the Mbira play matured to its own art near.Besides this instrument welfare-end forces repeated.