The Mbira Renaissance Band is an Edmonton-based afro-fusion band. Their infectious polyrhythmic sound fuses traditional Zimbabwean mbira music with elements of jazz, reggae and afro-pop
The band is proud of the diversity and global experience it brings to the Canadian local music scene and this is reflected in its line up. Chaka and Chiedza are from Zimbabwe. Having moved to Canada between 2008 and 2015, they bring the band’s Zimbabwean flavor to the music. James, who was born and raised in Edmonton, brings with him perspectives from teaching overseas after spending many years in Japan – where he first discovered a style of mbira music. George brings over 20 years of experience touring Canada as a jazz musician, fusing Traditional Greek Music with modern jazz. Vinay holds the band together on the drums and brings with him his experiences and perspectives of being raised in a musical family of Indian ethnicity and East African roots – in Edmonton !