The Sowers Group are truly amazing musicians....
Fusing contemporary East African Gospel grooves with traditional rhythms from Rwanda D.R. Congo and Tanzania, their vocal sound is as rich as their message is vital.
The Sowers Group are:
Mike Matumaini (Vocals, Bass guitar, Electric guitar)
Christelle Mugeni (Vocals)
Oswald Basoka (Vocals)
Kosto Zahinda (Acoustic guitars & vocals)
With additional musicians:
Nyembo Nkurunziza (bass)
Andy Sorenson (keyboards)
Felis Mwambalo (drums)
Goodlife Community Centre
04 April 2009
Concert starts at 7.30 pm
THE SOWERS GROUP -- AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TOUR MAR/APR 2009
The Sowers Group will take stages across Australia and New Zealand to share their beautiful East African harmonies and rhythms with audiences outside of Africa for the very first time, thanks to Translator Records and Musical Arts Mission.
These guys have an astonishing personal story of escaping conflict and surviving war. They have moved from country to country (learning six languages along the way) in an attempt to leave behind the poverty of their upbringing and to inspire thousands with their music and their message.
As children, Mike, Oswald and Kosto fled their hometown of Bukavu to escape the wars. They grabbed what possessions they could carry and on foot set out for a safe haven towards Kinshasa. Thirty days and more than 600km later, they found themselves deep in the Equatorial Jungle, injured and held at gunpoint praying for their lives.
Inexplicably, the bandits who held them up executed others around them, but spared the brothers. The Sowers Group believe they were delivered from that situation in order to tell the story of their people.
In these times of great uncertainty, The Sowers Group visit our country with a timely message. From their home base in Arusha, Tanzania, the group were greatly saddened to see and hear reports of our Victorian bushfires. They have asked permission to sing for the affected and to the hurting in the fire-ravaged regions. There will be a free Sowers Group concert in Healesville Victoria in mid March (see website for details)
The Sowers' beautiful heart felt songs of personal triumph bring the listener a message of great hope. Not a shiny, untouchable hope but a hope born out of hardship and determined belief. Their message will bring courage to the fearful, peace to the anxious heart and a joy that has a way of getting the most reluctant toes tapping to their infectious African rhythms
Goodlife Community Centre, Buderim
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