Crow and Canyon wow with bluegrass

AMERICAN bluegrass band Crow and The Canyon was in the country on an American cultural exchange programme and put up a thrilling performance at the Livingstone Institute of Business and Engineering Studies (LIBES). PICTURE: NDANGWA MWITTAH

THE American bluegrass band Crow and The Canyon, which was in the country on an American cultural exchange programme, brought something different when it performed at the Livingstone Institute of Business and Engineering Studies (LIBES).
In the audience at LIBES was the American Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote and Livingstone District Commissioner Harriet Kawina.
They must have enjoyed what they saw.
Last week Thursday, the American ambassador hosted the band at his Sunningdale residence in Lusaka.
But the Livingstone show did attract a considerably good number of people. It is something that was not entirely expected considering the fact that LIBES is on the fringes of the city.
The band admitted that the audience that turned up in the LIBES hall was by far one of the largest it had seen on its current tour.
Whether or not that was just a way of flattering the crowd or it was indeed true, it was fairly well attended.
“Ever since we started touring, this is the largest audience we have performed before,” Jerry Elliot, one of the members of the group, said. “We’re grateful for the love. Thank you Zambia and Livingstone.”
Although the concert, an initiative of the American Embassy and the National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC), tried as much as possible to involve local artistes.
The local artistes rose to the occasion.
And here, no one is talking about the likes of JK, Danny, Pompi, B’flow, Wezi, Petersen, Angela Nyirenda or indeed any of those well-known local musicians.
Eddma, Peaceful Mike who is also the Southern Province Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) vice -chairperson, Yomi, Jah Mpundu, Don Self and KC Flexer were all given a chance to showcase their talent in between Crow and The Canyon’s set.
And there was also a band calling itself the Harbour Music, a three-member Livingstone-based band which charmed the crowd with its warm contemporary jazz music.
But the four obviously belonged to Crow and The Canyon, made of Austin Quattlebaum who plays the banjo; Leigh Jones the vocalist; Jeremy Elliot the lead guitarist; and Andra Namir the bass guitarist.
The group performed songs such as Waterfalls, Snowy Pines, Golden Chain and even Dolly Parton’s Jolene was on its playlist alongside the bands other compositions.

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