Eight-piece excellence

Tuesday 27th June 2000 10:00 pm

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HATHERLEIGH Festival — now in its fifth year — has been chosen by the National Lottery as a Millennium Festival to be celebrated with a special event.

It has been granted £1100 to present Spirit Talk Mbira, an eight piece band from Zimbabwe.

They are led by the charismatic Chartwell Dutiro, one of the world's leading Mbira players and former member of the Thomas Mapfumo band (Zimbabwe's most famous musician).

The Mbira, a 'thumb piano', is Zimbabwe's national instrument and is exceptionally popular.

There will be an opportunity for members of the public to play the Mbira under the guidance of Chartwell free of charge.

This will be followed by, what promises to be a stunning performance in Hatherleigh town square on Saturday evening at 7pm.

Spirit Talk Mbira were the stars at the recent 20th anniversary celebrations of Zimbabwean independence in London.

They are an extraordinary ensemble of musicians who will transport you to the heart of Zimbabwe.

This is an exclusive opportunity to see Chartwell, who will be featured live on ITV's Westcountry Weekend on Friday, July 7, perform live in this country free of charge.

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