Why is Zimbe! so popular?

Because it’s brilliantly written, instantly accessible whilst continually revealing more to performer and listener alike and because, quite simply, it’s great fun!

Whether you’re a singer or choral director wanting to perform Zimbe!, an enthusiast of African songs keen to buy the CD or attend a Zimbe! concert, or a fan of composer Alexander L’Estrange, you’ll find all you need on this site.

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Click HERE for Zimbe's "nautical little brother", AHOY! SING FOR THE MARY ROSE. Enjoy the exciting juxtaposition of sea shanties and Tudor music, together with L’Estrange’s original setting of Full Fathom Five from Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest.

Zimbe! Come, sing the songs of Africa! by Alexander L’Estrange

For mixed chorus, semi-chorus, unison children’s choir and jazz quintet

Zimbe! is a brilliant fusion of traditional African song and jazz, in a format which is already drawing together singers of all ages, ability and nationalities across the globe. The music is accessible, instantly likeable and fun to learn as well as to perform.

Composer Alexander L’Estrange, himself a highly regarded jazz pianist and bass player, has chosen songs from all over Africa and arranged them wonderfully, interleaving the choral writing with the instruments of the jazz ensemble.

This is a work which forges links between adult choirs and massed children’s choirs, placing singing at the heart of the community as it always has been in Africa. And, since jazz grew out of blues which itself sprang from the mouths of African people, what better accompaniment for these songs than a jazz quintet? Zimbe! is at times touching and moving, at other times funky and grooving and all of the time incredibly uplifting both for performers and audiences alike.

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