Feb 7-17, 2025 • Laurier Park
Edmonton's longest running winter festival!
Playing music out of Zimbabwe, by way of Edmonton, Alberta, The Mbira Renaissance Band delivers an afro-fusion sound like no other. The group combines the mbira and other traditional instruments with contemporary sounds to produce a rich blend of vibrant polyrhythmic sounds. The result is an upbeat blend of the contemporary mbira sound with hints of reggae, afro jazz, and afro pop – inspired by the sounds of artists such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo and Chiwoniso Maraire. Twice nominated for the Edmonton Music Awards in the World Music Category, The Mbira Renaissance
Band has been a feature in Western Canada for the better part of the decade. The band’s second EP, Famba, is available on all streaming platforms. Band members include Chaka Zinyemba (mbira,vocals); James Stuart (bass); Chi Zinyemba (vocals; hosho); Geo Koufogiannakis (Guitar); Munya Vialy (Keyboard); Steve Atkins (Drums).
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The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Alberta.