Erico Noir brings the world beat of the
kalimba to Rappahannock Coffee. Even if you don't know what
a kalimba is you
have to hear this! Erico's music is smooth, opimisitc and jazzy.
Southern Africa, the birthplace of the kalimba, has known its intimate
charm for hundreds of years. Erico brings that kalimba warmth to
the fore in this enchanting compilation of music including originals
by himself and Mongezi Ntaka of Mahala.
Erico Noir has worked with Mongezi Ntaka and Mahala, for several
years. The group specializes in Township Jive from South Africa.
Says Erico, "Township Jive is the gleeful essence of a people
determined to party despite their annoying public officials."
new CD, Thumbnail Sketches is one of the most original
CD's to hit the market in a long time. Every piece is fresh, vibrant
and fun and you can listen while you work or play. The music is
great background for whatever you have planned. During the performance,
expect Erico to pull out an accordion to mix it up a little.
Although blind from birth, Erico designs, builds and performs
his own kalimba creations. He achieves a variety of unique tone
color from a cornucopia of discarded materials such as cigar boxes
and clock springs. "My right index finger tip is shorter thanks
to a table saw, and my thumbnails know the tork of a drill bit.
But good music is a pain killer."
A reviewer of his CD, Audrey Schwarz, says "Clearly Mr. Noir
has studied a variety of music, including American Jazz, European
Classical, as well as some crazy Hip Hop. I think I even heard a
bit of a Gamelan twang - not sure if he has been to Bali or not
but I think the music is reminiscent of steamy tropical mystery
nights. Good for evening relaxing or morning waking - I would highly
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