Chartwell Dutiro, a renowned and critically acclaimed mbira player will be performing at the Budirio Christmas Dinner. He is a recognised mbira virtuoso with an international reputation. His mbira playing takes the listener direct to the heart of his homeland Zimbabwe which is also the country of origin of mbira itself.
Chartwell began to play this ancient instrument from the age of 4. He, his brother and teacher would often play mbira all night, calling the ancestral spirits for guidance, as has been done in Zimbabwe over centuries.
Mbira music has played an important but changing role in Zimbabwe’s recent history. It was banned by missionaries in colonial Rhodesia as they wrongly associated it with devil worship.
In 1986 Chartwell joined the world-famous band Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited. Touring the world for eight years with that band, he was their arranger, mbira player and saxophonist. Since 1994 Chartwell has been based in Britain and currently runs an academy where he teaches mbira playing in Devon.
There is so much more which can be found on Chartwell's website.
Mbira tradition is fascinating in itself. 'The infectious sound has complex rhythms that can be enjoyed in different ways depending on the individual listener – for dancing or reflection.'
Don't miss this unique opportunity. If you have yet to hear mbira played this is your chance to experience it!
As a bonus you will enjoy a really fun night out with old friends and new, including our lovely MC, Caroline de Moraes, who has so generously offered her time to act as Mistress of Ceremonies for this evening of fun.
Caroline is freelance broadcaster (you might have caught her on The BBC, BT Sport, and Eurosport) and a passionate supporter of the work of Budiriro Trust.
While enjoying a three-course Christmas Dinner, wine, raffles*, laughter and music, you will be actively raising funds through your attendance so that cash can be sent to help young Zimbabweans study for 'A' Level.
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury has been selected as a suitable intimate central London venue, for only a hundred people to be offered tickets because we want to know you and give you the experience of Zimbabwean music, 'close up'. Numbers are limited due to the venue size. Tickets are fast running out so if you hope to come please book now, certainly by mid-night on 1 December 2016 at the latest, to avoid disappointment.
We the trustees look forward to welcoming old friends who share their passion for education in Zimbabwe and to making new ones as we commence the celebration of fifty years of the Trust's work.
This promises to be a unique, lively and uplifting experience yet I should mention that this dinner is a 'one off', never to be repeated.
*There will be a raffle on the night with fabulous prizes, including a Meal for Two at Durrants Hotel, London.
Closing date for buying tickets is 12 mid-night on 1 December 2016.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Nearest Tube is Russell Square
Parking is available under hotel in an RCP operated carpark. Charged at £3 per hour for first SIX hours and can be extended to 24 hours.
Other Stations in the vicinity: Euston, Euston Square, and Kings Cross.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Can I update my registration information?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
What is the refund policy?
Contact us by midnight 26th November if you wish to cancel due to Stella not appearing and we will refund the cost of your ticket. Chartwell Dutiro is taking the place of Stella Chiweshe who unfortunately has had to pull out owing to family sickness. We appreciate that some of you will be disappointed. It is hoped that an opportunity for her to perform in London might arise in 2017. Tickets purchased from 1pm 24th November are non-refundable.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
That is fine but menu choices cannot be changed on the day.
Is there a dress code?
African dress would be fantastic.
Smart evening wear is just as welcome (Formal Black Tie not required)