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Friday Night at The Wood: Chartwell Dutiro and Timbila

Friday, May 12, 2017

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chartwell Dutiro and Timbila

Doors open at 6:30pm.  Show starts at 6:45pm.


Tickets are $10 in advance. $15 at the door. Purchase here!

This show celebrates the release of a collaboration years in the making: a double CD by New York Afrodelic roots band TIMBILA, and Zimbabwean mbira maestro Chartwell Dutiro. The release date is May 1, 2017, and the title is Sadza With the Head of a Mouse.

Chartwell has played the Shona mbira (a high-performance prongophone) virtually his entire life. He’s cut a remarkable path through African music from his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where he played ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Afropop band Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist and bandleader in the U.K.

Chartwell has been collaborating for the past three years with the New York-based band TIMBILA, whose Afrodelic sound merges deep knowledge of African traditions with take-no-prisoners, East Village pop rock savvy. Featuring Afropop Worldwide’s Banning Eyre on guitars and “mbira queen” Nora Balaban on timbila, the xylophone of Mozambique, and the metal-pronged mbira of Zimbabwe. This seasoned combo brings deep sweet grooves, dream-inducing vocal harmonies and the kind of spontaneity you only get with long years of musical friendship.

A short music video by TIMBILA’s official videographer K2, filmed with party hardy mbira musicians in Chartwell’s home village in Zimbabwe.

Second Saturday Event: “Give Mom a Break” Craft Day

Saturday, May 13, 2017

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

IMG_3192This is your chance to give Mom what she wants the most-some me time.  Dads can come down with the kids and make a special craft for Mom in celebration of Mother’s Day.

There is no pre-registration or fee for this event.

Second Saturday Event: CT Open House Day

Saturday, June 10, 2017

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

open_house_logo_1.5 The Wood will be participating in the 13th Annual Connecticut Open House Day with special events and activities.  Enjoy wagon rides down “Old” Main Street, special docent demonstrations and a scavenger hunt for the kids.

Book Cover

Claire Lobdell, our Archivist, will also be on hand to sign copies of her newly published Images of America book;  South Windsor.

There is no pre-registration or fee for this event.