Nhapitapi – a Shona word meaning “sweet sounds” is an ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers specializing in music and dance traditions of Zimbabwe. Performances open with the serenity of solo mbira providing a grounded and energized musical landscape. Vocals, hosho, marimba, guitar, bass, drums and horns build playful and complex layers. Dancers add unparalleled vigor and bold flirtation, drawing the audience in.
Rooted in the spirits, voices, sounds and ceremony of the African continent, the music travels seamlessly towards the modern progeny of Afro-jazz, funk and rock. Nhapitapi’s debut album Tawuya (“We have arrived”) is embodied with the spirits of ancestors and draws upon the music of the mbira – an instrument played in Zimbabwe for hundreds of years. Ancient stories and voices provide guidance, celebrate community, praise the values of hard work and sing of hope and joy.
At times deeply personal, lyrics are a meditation on immigration, loneliness, being separated from one’s home and the search for belonging when one is here but from there. Songs are performed in Shona and feature rhythmic and musical styles from across Zimbabwe – providing a musical landscape ranging from the cascading rhythms of solo mbira to deep reggae vibes to the danceable grooves of funk and soukous. The effect is magical and invigorating. Tawuya is available on all major streaming and download services.