Franco-Togolese band Vaudou Game will perform live at Alliance Française Harare garden on Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm. The band, which is currently touring Southern Africa, comes to Harare courtesy of the French Embassy in Zimbabwe, Alliance Française Southern Africa and Institute Française.
Vaudou Game band leader Peter Solo is a singer and composer born in Aného-Glidji, Togo, the birthplace of the Guin tribe and a major site of Voodoo culture. Solo was raised with this tradition’s values of respect for all forms of life and the environment. With Vaudou Game, Solo claims and spreads this spiritual and musical heritage.
In 2012, Solo along with his Lyon-based band, decided to explore and codify the musical scales that are found in sacred or profane songs of Beninese and Togolese Voodoo so that they can be played easily on modern instruments. The band strives for authenticity and their analog sound and vintage looks married to post-colonial Togolese funk, bring forth a sound that explores ancient roots deeply and proudly.
Vaudou Game will be performing in Harare for the first time preceded by opening act, Zimbabwean Afro-jazz sensation and bass guitarist, Josh Meck. Meck is an acclaimed jazz musician, songwriter and bass guitarist. Meck has toured Europe, America and Africa doing collaborations with international artists over the past six years. Meck started touring as a supporting act in 2006 with different artists such as Comrade Fatso and the late mbira queen, Chiwoniso Maraire.
Vaudou Game will also perform in Bulawayo at Bar Horizon on June 3. Don’t miss what is sure to be an exciting, one-of-a-kind show. Tickets are available at the Alliance Française in Harare and Bulawayo.
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