Zimbabwean Marimba Artist Lora Chiorah with Draze and Danai Maraire at The Triple Door
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Cassandra Wilson is best known as a jazz singer and instrumentalist, but she has broken out of the traditional confines of the genre to include elements of blues, country and folk into her music. She draws on influences ranging from Miles Davis and Hank Williams to Joni Mitchell and Robert Johnson. In addition to her two Grammys, Wilson has won the Django D'Or and The Edison Music Award, and been recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' Blood on the Fields, the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. Learn More
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Zimbabwe native Lora Chiorah began learning to sing, dance, drum, and play marimba and mbira at an early age, as age-old traditions that were passed from generation to generation in her family. Playing show games where she sang and danced as a child motivated her to continue pursuing these art forms. In 1970 she moved from Zimbabwe to the United States. Here she met her husband, Dumi Maraire and began performing with in his band. Chiorah has also taught marimba, storytelling, singing, mammbas, drumming, and mbira to children in the Washington school system.
In 1980 she formed the Sukutai Marimba and Dance Ensemble to celebrate the heritage of Zimbabwe’s Shona people and to provide an opportunity for teaching music and dance to Americans. Ensuring that these cultural practices won’t be forgotten, Lora has passed her knowledge down to her children and grandchildren who have become Sukutai performers. Along with teaching immediate family members, she has shared her talent with African American youth who have learned about their African heritage.
A recipient of the 2006 Folk Arts Fellowship, Lora Chiorah is a master artist whose talent builds a link connecting adults and youth to African culture. Draze is a hip hop artist who performs with a live band and has an amazing stage show, He recently sold out the 88 keys venue and has a web site that has been recognized by several of hip hops top blogs. All of his videos on the site have had over 100,000 hits, his most recent reaching over 650,000 hits.
Danai Maraire has been living in LA for the last few years working for BET as a producer for a few of their shows (Access Granted, The Black Carpet). She has also been burning up the underground music scene with her acoustic folk and R&B sound.