Sweet Sounds of Reggae, Funk, Latin Jazz, Samba, Cumbia, Disco and Hip Hop
What started thirteen years ago as a youth world music initiative has metamrphosized into the crowd pleasing percussion explosion known today as Kutapira!
The name Kutapira means "sweetness" in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, a fitting title for a band that plays a fusion of Zimbabwean marimba with West African and Afrocuban percussion and more.
This highly stylized marimba fusion consists of some contemporary Zimbabwean tunes but the majority of the music is composed and arranged by Kutapira and inspired by genres like Reggae, Funk, Latin Jazz, Samba, Cumbia, Disco and Hip Hop. For years they performed exclusively as a mallet swinging, skin-slapping quintet but now, in their latest evolutionary form, feature guitar, horns and vocals.
"I’m certain, with one listen of their debut CD, you’ll also recognize the artistic achievement and creative potential of this next generation of world musicians." - Cal Koat, Executive Producer, world beats television.
"I have a long history of witnessing and playing a variety of world music and I can attest that these ‘kids’ can play – boy can they play! No matter their age, they’ve earned ‘main stage’ credibility." - Bill Usher, The Kicking Horse Arts Council
"When Kutapira burst onto the Listen Up stage like a bunch of up and coming groove monsters, the future of rhythm-making in Vancouver just got a whole lot more exciting." - Sal Fererras, Director of Music, Vancouver Community College.
"Kutapira’s rhythm, melody and message are extraordinary." - Chris Kelly, Superintendent of Vancouver School Boards
"Kutapira is the future of world music in Vancouver." - Tony Montague, Festival Baobab
"Kutapira is a vibrant and talented group of young people. Their music is powerful, energetic and exciting. I challenge anyone to try and remain still during their performance!" - Bill Siksay, MP (Burnaby-Douglas)