World dance music on tap for Vail Wednesday
VAIL – Thousands of music fans across the Vail Valley voted on the band they wanted to see play at Wednesday’s Street Beat concert, and when the votes were tallied, Zivanai Masango & Pachedu came out on top. The Boulder-based group brings world music to Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Zivanai Masango & Pachedu is an Afropop/Afrojazz group that creates a fusion of jazz, blues, rock and Reggae, yet stays firmly rooted in the grooves, rhythms and traditions of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. Pachedu is led by vocalist and guitarist Zivanai Masango, who was born in Harare, Zimbabwe on the brink of the southern African country’s independence. A multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, he’s toured and performed with artists such as Panjea, The Motet and String Cheese Incident. Pachedu also includes Paa Kow on drums (Hugh Masekela, George Darko, Panjea), Aaron Wheeler on bass, Atta Addo on percussion, Matt Wasowski on guitar (Jaka, Jyemo, Bizung Family), Danny Sears on keys and trumpet (Guster, Panjea, Motet, Ryan Adams) and H. Tafadzwa Masvikeni-Masango on vocals and percussion. Zivanai Masango & Pachedu have released two albums: 2005’s “Pachedu” and 2007’s “DutuStorm.”The free concert series runs weekly on Wednesdays through April 14 with two more shows on the docket -rock ‘n’ roll with Danielia Cotton and a Michael Jackson tribute titled “Thriller” featuring DJ Logic. At the final show, one lucky local will drive away with a 2011 Volvo C30, the series’ grand prize giveaway. Locals with a valid ID can register for the Volvo at each concert, while visitors to Vail can register to win a Quark Antarctic Expedition for two that will be awarded in June 2010.For more information, visit http://www.streetbeatconcerts.com.