Concert moves to the rhythm of Africa
DeKALB – Award-winning Afropop and reggae musician Mathew Tembo will perform in concert Friday, Oct. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb. Tembo is a world-touring artist who fuses traditional music of his Zambian homeland with Ethiopian and reggae beats to create a unique and powerful sound.
Tembo is a top reggae musician in Zambia, and he is also an award-winning Afropop performer. He is currently working on his masters degree in world music performance at Northern Illinois University, where he also leads an Afropop Ensemble. This concert is a fundraiser to return to Africa for the completion of his masters’ project.
“In Africa, written musical notation barely exists. Music is preserved through people who constantly make it and perform it, and then orally hand over the musicianship to the younger generation,” Tembo said. He hopes to contribute to the effort to capture and preserve some of the traditional music of the more than 700 ethnic groups of Africa.
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