Why is Zimbe so popular?

With over 150 performances already all over the globe, Zimbe continues to delight choirs and audiences alike. The mix of jazz, gospel and African melodies coupled with the crowd-pleasing scoring for children's choir, SATB and jazz quintet makes for an accessible but satisfying experience for singers of all ages.

You might also like Zimbe's "nautical little brother", Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose, which fuses sea shanties and Tudor music plus a haunting original setting of "Full fathom five" by Shakespeare, and Alexander's latest choral spectacular, Song Cycle - vive la vélorution!, 10 entertaining songs telling the story of the bicycle from its inauspicious beginnings to the glorious Tour de France.


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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