One visit to Bowdoin just wasn't enough for Zimbabwean musician Musekiwa Chingodza. Chingodza will return to campus for a musical performance on Wednesday, April 7.
Chingodza previously performed at Bowdoin in April of 2008 with his signature instrument, the African-originated mbira, which is similar to a thumb piano.
Chingodza is known for combining his instrumental talents with song and dance to create inspiring performances.
"His combination of musicianship and powerful vocals is unique," said Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Anthony Perman. "Bowdoin has had a mbira ensemble for several years now, so it's always nice to be able to bring in musicians from Zimbabwe when we have the chance."
Perman, who lived in Zimbabwe for some time and has performed with Chingodza both in Zimbabwe and the United States, will be accompanying Chingodza this Wednesday.
"I'll either play mbira or hosho, rattles that always accompany the mbira," said Perman.
Chingodza will also be joined by Bud Cohen, with whom he is currently on tour.
"[Cohen] has been a successful mbira performer in his own right for many years," said Perman. "Mbira music is always ensemble music, so it's at its best with at least two performers."
"[Chingodza's] concert is a rare opportunity to hear indigenous Zimbabwean music as it is played in Zimbabwe," said Perman of the musician, who performs all around the world.
"He is a virtuoso player and singer who will give the Bowdoin community an entertaining show and a unique window into indigenous African performance practices."
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium in Studzinski Recital Hall. The concert is free and is open to the public.
-Compiled by Quinn Cohane.