Vusi Shibambo<br><i>Recording artist releases first solo CD</I>

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Shibambo has recorded his first solo album, "Che Che Khule, Volume I", meaning, get ready to have a good time.

He established his band, Azumah back in South Africa and in 1993 came to the United States by invitation from Northern Arizona State University. Throughout the last 10 years the band has performed all over the U.S. and most recently Vusi has recorded his first solo album, "Che Che Khule, Volume I", meaning, get ready to have a good time! That is exactly what he intends to bring to the people. Vusi is now on tour throughout the West Coast, primarily San Francisco, bringing his South African flavor with him.

The music brings the element of healing, spirituality, hope, brotherhood, love and unity to all nations of the world, especially South Africa as it is emerging from the Apartheid regime. Vusi sings about his family, his ancestors and past experiences in four different African languages, Zulu, Shanghai, Venda and Qhosa (Kosa).

The music incorporates all original African instruments that vary from the wooden xylophone (Marimba) to all original African hand drum, kalimba, the barimbow, otherwise known as the bushman's bow and rattle and shakers made from seed pods. With all of these instruments he achieves a sound of tranquil meditative indigenous African sound that creates a world consciousness.

Vusi will be performing the following locations:

• Chandler public library in Phoenix on Jan. 18 from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

• Deer Valley Senior Center from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Jan. 16.

• Sedona Red Rock Elementary School in Sedona on Jan. 17 from 9 to 10 a.m.

• Clarkdale/Jerome School in Clarkdale on Jan. 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Vusi's music is also selling in stores through Sedona. Contact the Worm book store, Sedona Books and Music, Crystal Magic, The Golden Word, and in Flagstaff, Gopher Sounds, and Sacred Rites.

Vusimuzi Shibambo is an international touring and recording artist, born in South Africa. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has just released his debut solo CD.

On Shibambo Worldbeat's, "Che Che Khule," he utilizes indigenous South African instruments ranging from Djembe, Ashiko, Uudu, Nagar, Ingoma Talking Drums, Marimbas, Berimbow, Kalimba, to rattles and shakers make from seed pods. Vusi performs all music and vocals himself.

Most importantly his music is being sold through the school system, including colleges and universities from Arizona to Washington State. The CD has already received rave reviews and sold hundreds of copies.

Shibambo will be available for promotions at point of purchase and through local media interviews and performances in support of his unique musical effort.


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