Wambura Mitaru Synergy / Kaliné

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Thursday / July 11, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Wambura Mitaru
Wambura Mitaru
David Mohai
David Mohai

Led by Kenyan vocalist Wambura Mitaru, with South African guitarist Sebastian Reunert and Egyptian percussionist Moez Dawad, this group of friends has a deep grasp of their African roots. With their various regional backgrounds and their vast experiences in world music, Wambura Mitaru Synergy creates a hybrid sound that combines groovy tunes and catchy lyrics.

When she was 5 years old, Kaliné once played dead when her piano lesson was fast approaching. She had driven her mom, her first teacher, up the wall with lack of practice and general hatred for the instrument, and would do so with all piano and violin teachers until she discovered the 2 Pathetique Sonata at 10 years old. The Nigerian singer-songwriter/pianist fuses her classically trained background with a bold and soulful sound, bringing a funky flutter to today’s music industry. The vocalist draws influence from Stevie Wonder, Corinne Bailey Rae, Carole King, and Jilll Scott. Currently studying film scoring at Berklee, Kaliné writes with purpose in the hope of empowering her listeners. She has opened for and/or performed with popular African and international artists including Bob James and Fourplay, Yinka Davies, Sara Mitaru, and Bez, etc. She is currently working on her debut EP, which is due for release this year.