Diva’s Night at Hotel Polana
Moments Of Jazz: Noite de Guitarra (Guitar Night) Vol. II
Richard Bona was born in Minta, in Central Cameroon, on 28 October 1967. Growing up in a family of musicians (his grandfather was a griot and percussionist and his mother a singer), it was not long before he developed his own taste for music. Legend has it Richard was a capricious child, given to fits of crying, but a radical transformation occurred the day a group of musicians spent a day in the family home. Richard, who was just four at the time, was transfixed by the sound of the balafon. Realising this was an effective way of drying his grandson's tears, Richard's grandfather went out and bought him a balafon of his own. A year later, the young prodigy was already playing at the local church with his mother and four sisters. Word of Richard Bona's talent spread throughout the neighbourhood and the young musician soon found himself in great demand at weddings, christenings and other family ceremonies.
Ernie Smith was born in Wentworth Durban in March 1971. He started playing Guitar at the age of 13, inspired by a mixed tapestry of jazz musical influences like Pat Metheny, George Benson, Larry Carlton and Wes Montgomery. Challenged by their individual, unique sounds, he began the search for his personal expression in an authentic African voice. Propelled by the sound of South African mentors like Jonathan Butler, Sandile Shange, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and many others, coupled with his ambition to express and attract young and old to listen to thoughtful music, he has developed a style of playing and singing that is an assimilation of Jazz, African and R&B references.
Albino Mbie is an award winning Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Sound and mixing engineer born in Maputo. He made his first guitar at the age of 6 from a 5 litre can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords. While studying music education and Performance at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where he could expand his musical horizons. Soon after, Mbie was one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program. In 2009, he settled in Boston, Massachusetts. Albino still felt the absence of his own Mozambican traditions in his music. With the help of his mentors, Richard Bona and Lionel Loueke he managed to bridge the gap.
Jimmy Dludlu, world renowned and self-taught Afro-Jazz guitarist was born in Mozambique but grew up around Southern Africa. His desire is to spread the culture of African jazz as well as mentor the generation next.
Date and Time: Friday, March 2 2018 at 20h00. Doors open at 18h30
Entrance: 2000 MZN (normal tickets from February 2 onwards); 7500 MZN VIP. Tickets available at BancABC, Computicket, Dolce Vita and Uptown Café
Address: UEM Campus, Av. Julius Nyerere no. 3453, Maputo