Film Festival Presents “A World Fusion Musical Journey” October 16 – Sedona.Biz
Baba “Vusi” Shibambo and Terri Conti team up for a concert at the Fisher Theater
Sedona AZ (October 9, 2021) – Join Baba “Vusi” Shibambo, South African drummer, and Terri Conti, renowned accordionist, for a magical evening of world fusion music mixing the classical sounds of the accordion with the ancestral rhythms of the African bush . “A World Fusion Musical Journey: From Africa Across the Seven Seas” takes the stage Saturday, October 16 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theater.
Earlier this summer, for an artistic opening in the village of Oak Creek, Shibambo and Conti first performed as a duo and found that the exuberance and ethnic flavor of the accordion was ideal for floating music. African melodies on the dynamic rhythms of the drum. . This dynamic musical team has now created a new show that will take the listener to all corners of Africa to Europe and beyond. Conti will perform a music sample of Celtic, French, Italian, Argentinian tango traditions and Eastern European gypsy folk music while Shibambo will dazzle audiences with his bewitching and hypnotic tribal rhythms. The team are excited to present their renditions of well-known African songs with a refreshing new twist!
Baba Shibambo is a master hand drummer, international touring artist and recording artist. Born of the Zulu lineage in South Africa, his name translates literally in English as “Keeper of the skins and keeper of the drums”. Growing up during apartheid, he began playing drums as a boy under his mother’s tutelage. The following years found him on international tour with South African musical and theatrical productions. Shibambo had the honor of performing for the release of Nelson Mandela from historic prison in 1990 and again commemorating Mandela’s artwork created during his imprisonment on Robben Island. Shibambo is a multi-instrumentalist playing percussion, African djembe, uudu, conga, marimba, mbira (kalimba or finger piano) and even Bushman’s Bow. In his ancestral tradition, he continues to follow this path by reviving and preserving his Zulu musical heritage through the rhythm of the drum and the art of storytelling.
Traveling minstrel, pianist and accordion virtuoso Terri Conti has been sharing songs from around the world for 20 years. Hypnotized by a small purple accordion at the age of 6, Terri quickly became a prodigy, winning state, national and international competitions for the accordion. A music scholarship brought her from her hometown of New Jersey to California, where her participation in overseas programs during her college education boosted her interest in ethnic music. She has performed with various ensembles including Isle of Klezbos, Metropolitan Klezmer, Clare Horgan Trio, (Ireland), Belgian artist Micheline Van Houtem, They Might Be Gypsies and David Arkenstone orchestra. Terri has also “busked” in New York, Santa Cruz, Key West, Burlington, Vermont, Provincetown, Montreal and in various cities of Ireland and France. This year, Terri left her position as musical director for The United Methodist Church in Provincetown to fulfill a call to spend time in Sedona.
Let yourself be transported across the world in sound and celebrate the diversity of great music at this most inspiring and unique spectacle. Dance welcome!
“A World Fusion Musical Journey: From Africa Across The Seven Seas“ will take place on Saturday, October 16 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. Tickets are $ 20 in advance and $ 25 at the door. For tickets and more information please call 928-282-1177 or to order online visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. You can also purchase tickets at the Sedona Film Festival office and at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.