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Planet: Saturday Sessions July

Planet: Saturday Sessions July

Do you have a taste for the exotic but can’t afford a world trip? That’s ok. We’re bringing the world to you.

July Planet will transport you to Africa with a charismatic blend of traditional rhythms and contemporary fusion, featuring multi-instrumentalist, Asim Gorashi and high energy band, Umkancho.

Originally from Sudan, Asim Gorashi has travelled a long winding road to earn himself a unique reputation both as an educator and artist. He holds a bachelor degree in music from the University of Khartoum in Sudan as well as a graduate diploma in music technology and a master of music from the Queensland Conservatorium. A skilled multi-instrumentalist in numerous stringed instruments such as the oud and violin, Asim has also established himself as a renowned singer and keyboardist. He has played to audiences everywhere from Africa, the Middle East and here in Australia.

This performance, Asim will be playing multiple instruments accompanied by a percussionist, performing a refreshing blend of traditional African folk songs played to appeal to a modern audience.

Umkancho, meaning “the sound of bone marrow”, perform high energy African music featuring Zimbabwean traditional Mbira thumb pianos, vocals, a kit drummer, guitarist and bassist. Headed by multi-instrumentalist Noble Tichawona Mashawa, the band represent a new wave of aware and intelligent African music. Combining original and traditional compositions with the colour and flavour of Africa in song and stories, Umkancho has become known for creating intensely lively and intimate musical experiences.

Noble Tichawona Mashawa is joined by an exceedingly talented and cosmopolitan band with Velvet Pesu (Backing Vocals), Goran Gajic (Bass Guitar), Victor Akpokodje (Drums), Kojaja Osman (Drums) and Yusike Akai (Guitar/Vocals).

Presented in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Would you like to hear Asim? Whistling Tunes

Would you like to hear  Umkancho? Kedush by Tichawona Noble Mashawa and Umkancho Band

Event Snapshot

Dates: Saturday 7 July
Address: 119 Lamington St New Farm
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