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Cinq à Six in the Summer -- July 23, 2011

chiwoniso1.jpgThis week on Cinq à Six in the Summer, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Nuits D'Afrique festival.

Chiwoniso Maraire's musical influences range from soul and R&B to reggae and rock. Chiwoniso plays the mbira, also known as a thumb piano. It is an instrument that women in her native Zimbabwe are forbidden to play.

"I am like a mirror," declares Chiwoniso, "I basically sing about what I see happening in the world. If someone comes up to me in the street to ask for money I'll sing about that. If people are jumping borders because their economic situation is too difficult, I'll sing about that. If the police are beating people up and intimidating them, I'll sing about that."

The concert was recorded by CBC Radio 2 at Le Cabaret du Mile End in Montreal.

(Listen to the concert again.) 

In the second part of the show, we have music from Habana Café. The group, which plays traditional Cuban music, is made up of three Cubans, one Dominican and five Québécois musicians.  

In the last few years, Habana Café has played at numerous events, including the Quebec City Summer Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Fête du Lac des Nations in Sherbrooke, and the Festival international des rythmes du monde in Chicoutimi, making them a key element of Cuban culture in Quebec.

The concert was recorded at the closing night of the 2010 Festival Nuits D'Afrique in Montreal held at Parc Emilie-Gamelin in the heart of the downtown core.

(Listen to the concert again.)

Concerts featured on Cinq à Six in the Summer are all available on the CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand Web site.

You can find the schedule for all episodes of Cinq à Six in the summer on the CBC Montreal Community Web page