Tamvela, a Zimbabwean AfroJazz collective, is an inspired ensemble of musicians with a mission to share the rich music and culture of Zimbabwe with the world. The group was brought together by Zii Wacho, a multi-discipline artist who is based in Australia, who envisioned a collaboration that would bridge the gap between Zimbabwean and Australian cultures.
Initially, Tamvela was created to translate music written for Melbourne International Jazz's call for Leaps and Bounds Festival, resulting in the formation of a group of instrumentalists who were brought together for an event in honor of Zii Wacho's grandmother. But what started as a simple gathering has now evolved into the first international Zimbabwean collective, comprising of artists based in both Zimbabwe and Australia.
The name "Tamvela" translates to "Listen" in Chewa, a language spoken in Zimbabwe, and is an apt description of the group's ethos. Tamvela's music is a celebration of Zimbabwean heritage, infused with elements of Afrojazz, and other genres to create a unique and dynamic sound. Their performances are a sensory journey, transporting audiences to the heart of Zimbabwean culture with each note and beat.
Tamvela's passion for music and culture is evident in every aspect of their work. They are committed to preserving and sharing the traditions of their ancestors while also embracing the diversity of contemporary music. Through their art, Tamvela hopes to create a sense of unity and understanding between cultures, proving that music truly is a universal language.