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My name is Zwai Mbula and I am the founder / director of the Sabela Production House, which was founded in the year 2003. Sabela is a Xhosa word in South African Nguni languages meaning "responding to a call". I am a producer and marimba player, drummer and percussionist, educated from College of Music at The Uni… Read More
My name is Zwai Mbula and I am the founder / director of the Sabela Production House, which was founded in the year 2003. Sabela is a Xhosa word in South African Nguni languages meaning "responding to a call". I am a producer and marimba player, drummer and percussionist, educated from College of Music at The University of Cape Town, South Africa. I have performed and conducted music workshops all around the world. Although originally from South Africa,I now reside in Norway.


Sabela Production House was started with the intent to create a platform where young people can use their talents to express themselves. With this in mind we run music projects where we teach young people music, art, dance, theatre & poetry.

"We can be hired for performances at any event"

A central part of our work is The Afro Marimba Funky Jazz Festival, which started in Norway in 2009. The festival also took place in Cape Town, South Africa in 2010. During FIFA World Cup, and aims to promote contemporary African fashion and cusisine, as well as music.

Zwai Mbula "My Heritage" Album out now!


DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
This CD is a presentation of Zwai Mbula musical heritage, rooted in the musical heritage of South Africa. The idea is to convey the genuine spirit of South African music through the use of various artists and musical expressions. Zwai Mbula is a producer of this album.

Much music has been exported from Africa through the years, and has been translated and shaped within many musical traditions all over the world. This CD wishes to put focus on how these musical footprints have their origin in Africa, and more specifically those, which have their origin in South Africa.
Particular for South African music is how original rhythms and songs have been carried through the country’s musical history, and are still greatly visible in today’s music. A central part of this recording’s purpose is to sustain this originality and convey it to a broad audience.

MARIMBA
Central to this recording is the use of the marimba. This instrument goes straight to the heart of African and South African musical traditions.
In the Bantu languages, Marimba means “wood that sings”. The name Marimba is said to derive from a Zulu myth in which a Goddess made an instrument by hanging gourds underneath wooden bars, the goddess’s name was “Marimba”. It is the intention of this project to promote the marimba and the originality it conveys.
On this recording Zwai Mbula plays three different types of South African marimbas. He also plays different kinds of percussion with origins in both Africa and South America.

ARTISTS PARTICIPATING
Conveying South African music in a way that gives an insight into its roots is an awesome task. The project has been fortunate to enjoy the talents of artist who each contributes in a very genuine way to the essence of the project.

Ivan Mazuze, saxophone (Mozambique)
Sibusisiwe Ncube, vocals (Zimbabwe)
Nomfusi Gotyana, vocals (South Africa)
Jackson Kaujeua, vocals (Namibia)
Fernando Eide Sallum, percussion and co-producer (Brazil)
Tshimbila Jean Jacques, vocal (Congo)
Thomas Wang J, guitar (Norge)
Jock Loveband, engineer (Australia & Norge)
Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, saxophone (Norge)
Celio de Carvalho, Percussion (Brazil) Read Less
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