On tour in East Africa with Samba Mapangala and his band Virunga: Destination Nairobi and Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar. The adventures continue with U.S. tour performances and studio recording.
Gearing up now for performances in England, Netherlands and Los Angeles, CA, in June-July! Samba has not appeared in UK since 2007 at WOMAD, and a short tour of England in 2006 promoting the Song & Dance album, so we are looking forward to meeting and greeting his many many fans at events including Africa Oye in Liverpool (2 days, performing June 23 and June 24--free admission), and AfrikaFestival in Hertme, Netherlands July 8, as well as other gigs in and around London. And hang tight, Los Angeles: Virunga kicks off the Skirball Cultural Center's summer Sunset Concerts series on Thurs. July 26! Full details at our Facebook fan page and ReverbNation .
CC Smith, editor/publisher/journalist for The Beat Magazine, public radio DJ and Africanist for 29 years. Since the closing of The Beat in 2009, I am now working with Afropop.org as Editor at Large, and also manager for Samba Mapangala and Orchestra Virunga.