Sunday, 18 January 2015

Dizu Plaatjies for Penang World Music Festival 2015


Internationally acclaimed World Music star and African musicologist, Dizu Plaatjies, will lead his Ibuyambo Ensemble on stage at the Penang World Music Festival in April 2015. Dizu is the former leader and founder of Africa's popular marimba group, Amampondo.

Ibuyambo have confirmed their participation, which will be the second international appearance by Dizu and his 7 piece group since their concert in New York a month ago. The festival runs over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of April at the Padang Esplanade in George Town, Penang.

Standing ovation in New York's, Carnegie Hall, November 2014

The group are expected to present an uptempo program including some of Dizu's new songs, to entertain the open air festival fans. The actual date and times of the show are not yet available but will be published on theses pages as soon as we have these.

Dizu and Thongo live at WOMAD, UK
Photo - Graham Boynton

Dizu's manager, Patrick Lee-Thorp, said that the artist is delighted to get this invitation to return to Malaysia, which builds a presence of African musicians, and particularly Dizu, since headlining the Rainforest World Music Festival in 2013, in S E Asia.