Gabriel Makamanzi

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    Gabriel or Sekuru Lavenda as he’s known is currently based in London after having spent many years in Belfast. Besides his masterful mbira playing he is one of the best hosho players you will ever come across.

    Background

    From a young age Gabriel knew he wanted to be a musician; he started off playing the dried masekesa tree seed-pods as shakers and singing gospel songs while he herded cattle as a youngster in the countryside.

    After moving to Harare he joined a mbira group called the Mighty Spiders Crew from Mbare. He also played at traditional ceremonies with Garikai Tirikoti, a renowned Zimbabwean mbira player and maker, who was also his mentor and tutor. Later on Gabriel was spotted by Andy Brown and The Storm, who took him to the UK on a tour in 2002.

    Thereafter Gabriel settled in the UK and was based in Northern Ireland for many years. Besides leading his own band, he also plays in the current Blacks Unlimited of Thomas Mapfumo when they are touring the UK . Thomas Mapfumo considers Gabriel’s hosho playing to be an indispensable part of his band whenever he is on tour. 

    Buy Gabriel Makamanzi and The Afresh Band’s Album