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Zimbabwe Nkenya

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.



When Zimbabwe Nkenya suffered a stroke in 2009, one of our city's most fearless musicians was temporarily silenced. In the two years he has spent recovering, physical limitations have shifted his focus from ruthless free improvisations on upright bass to reflective work on the mbira. Nkenya dabbled on the traditional African instrument before: His heart-melting set at KDHX (88.1 FM)'s Midwest Mayhem concert in 2008 proved the mbira to be the perfect vessel for his expression. Many consider the instrument a spiritual portal. Fortunately, Zimbabwe Nkenya has soul to spare.

Power of Three: Zimbabwe Nkenya will be performing with Rich O'Donnell and Glenn "Papa" Wright, two seasoned percussionists with brilliant technique and penchants for wildness.