notfarG House Concerts, Grafton
Sunday, February 21, 2010
SEATING EXTREMELY LIMITED, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Doors/pot luck @ 6pm, Concert @ 7pm
Suggested minimum donation $15
"Brilliantly original songwriter Tony Bird... wonderfully fuses African and European folk styles into songs that are clever, fun, urgent."
-- The Boston Globe
"Most of my life I've been on a search for things that can unite life, rather than divide it, possibly because of my very divisive background in growing up with colonialism and racism in Africa. My music has ended up being a synthesis of universal spirituality, politics and nature."
~ Tony Bird
Tony Bird is a folk rock singer-songwriter who was born and grew up in Nyasaland (now Malawi) in Southern Africa. He is known for his Dylanesque vocals and for his songs which describe life in colonial Nyasaland from a progressive anti-colonial point of view. He made his first solo performances at the Space Theatre in Cape Town where his unique African style was reviewed favorably by press and promoters. He recorded two albums in the 70s. His comeback CD Sorry Africa, released in 1990 on Rounder Records in the USA and Mountain Records in Europe and Africa, included the hit song "Mango Time", which describes the happiness of the mangoes being ripe, once a year.
He toured with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the 1980s, who recorded his song "Go Willie Go".
notloB Folk Concerts
~ Jack Hardy