Chartwell collaborates on new CD with Timbila

Message from Banning Eyre:

Last fall, our genre-bending band Timbila had the privilege to co-compose and arrange music with one of Zimbabwe’s most adventurous and visionary mbira players, Chartwell Dutiro. We pooled all our resources and got the project into a superb Brooklyn studio for two action-packed days. This recording we made is unlike anything else. The instrumental and vocal textures, and just the pure spirit of the session has blown us all away. Chartwell has now returned to the New York area this spring, and we’ve booked studio time to record some of Timbila’s own songs, under his direction, completing the circle of collaboration. All this work has pretty much drained the Timbila treasury! But we’re determined to bring the music to all of you. So, to finish recording, mixing and mastering, and to press an initial batch of CDs, we’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign. Please visit to sample the music, hear Chartwell’s take on the project, and get all the details. We really need your help to bring this one-of-a-kind recording out into the world, and launch the project into its next phase. We’re counting on friends, relatives, and lovers of African music to make it happen. Every bit counts. Be a part of history.

Click here and begin the adventure! Here’s the link:–2#/

Banning Eyre
Senior Editor: