June 19, 2019

Zikina: East African Folk Blend Lawn Concert

Zikina: East African Folk Blend Lawn Concert

Date(s) - Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7:00 pm

Forbes Library Lawn

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Free – all ages

The Zikina experience starts with curiosity. If you’re like most audience members, you’ll immediately ask, “What is that he’s playing?” Uganda native Gideon Ampeire draws you in with a variety of traditional East African instruments rarely found in the US, including enanga (zither), adungu (harp), and kalimba (thumb piano)- all of which he builds himself.

Once your interest is piqued by the instruments, you’ll quickly discover that there’s so much more to the band beyond novelty, with a multicultural blend of dance beats, rock, and jazz. Mike Cardozo (also of Gokh-Bi System) uses his guitar to improvise intricate melodic conversations with Gideon and dances through the beat with punchy rhythmic lines. Roston Kirk on bass and Kade Parkin on drums weave a sonic landscape that flows seamlessly from intense grooves to joyous dance beats to dreamy textures.  Gideon’s vocals cut powerfully through the fabric or float lightly above. It all adds up to something completely new and unique, yet immediately accessible.

Forbes Library lawn concerts are FREE for everyone! Bring a picnic, bring a blanket, bring the kids.


Free parking is available after 6 PM in the library lot and after 5 PM at the Smith College parking garage, in the white spaces only.

Funding for this event is provided by the Friends of Forbes and community donations.