Dark Black and Mathew Tembo have combined the very common African instrument, the silimba, with rock music, producing Zamrock music. — Manasseh Phiri, The World
Mathew Tembo’s music fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary sounds to create a truly unique form. His latest album, Dadi Mwana, resounds in upbeat, Afro-fusion, reggae-fueled tracks featuring lyrics in various languages skillfully performed on handmade instruments – the silimba (local marimba), kalumbu (one stringed instrument) and kalimba (thumb piano). Mathew is a trailblazer, going against the musical status quo in Zambia of computerized pop. He has shared a stage with world music stars Mulatu Estatke, 3Ma and Oliver Mtukudzi, and he has collaborated with Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the guitar-playing freedom-fighting first president of Zambia. At his shows, audiences simply cannot resist the urge to tap their toes, shake their hips and skank their way out of their seats and onto the dance floor. Outside of Zambia, he has played in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Holland, Denmark, Germany and the USA. When he’s not performing, Mathew enjoys studying, building instruments, teaching, producing music in his home studio, or learning to play new indigenous instruments. He also hosts an annual music festival in Lusaka, Zambia, called “Sing Our Own Song,” geared at promoting indigenous music.
Everyone who knows Mathew knows that he cannot be separated from one of his favourite musical instrument, the marimba, which he passionately played much to the delight of the fans. The audience was, however, even more delighted when Mathew and his band performed the song ‘Next Year’ which was surely a favourite, for many sung along to the sentimental song. It was indeed a great show and the CD out in December is surely a must have. — Shupe Sakala, Zambia Daily Mail
Tickets are available now:
Advance tickets: $15 general / $10 student & limited income, at Brown Paper Tickets
At the Door: $20 general / $15 student & limited income