Hi-Fi Music Lounge Presents


De Solution Band

Fri · September 1, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

Hi-Fi Lounge

$8 at the Door

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Formed by Singer/Saxophonist, Chelsea Luker, in collaboration with Rick Bouvette on bass, Eric Hickey on guitar, Keith Abbott on drums, Gil Assayas on keys and Katie Presley on trumpet, JoyTribe is a passionate fusion of Pretenders inspired vocals meets Prince and Pink Floyd’s psychedelic funk child.

Chelsea initiated JoyTribe with the goal of making unique fusion in a democratic writing situation. After 5 years with Mars Retrieval Unit, and a little break in Thailand, she took time searching for the right fit of musicians, but once she reaquainted with former MRU bassist Rick B., everything fell into place. Initially imagining a mix of electronic, prog and funk, the music made up it’s own mind to veer towards world inspired funk. Songs lean heavily on reggae, latin and african elements, paired with vintage rock vibes. This is due to Eric’s study of latin percussion and flamenco, Rick’s love of Reggae, and Keith’s strong connection to classic bands like Pink Floyd. With the recent addition of Electro Looping guru, Gil Assayas of Glasys, and MarchFourth Marching Band’s Katie Presley on trumpet, the vibe can go anywhere during a show.

The mood of the band is intense and sometimes shy, a little silliness bursts through, but there is a very strong sense of passion, focus and love during live performances.

JoyTribe has been performing around the NW for over two years now, opening for international touring acts such as Balkan Beat Box, Dumpstaphunk and Kung FU. They recently finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their first EP featuring original songs and one adapted cover.
De Solution Band
De Solution Band
My name is Christopher Muchabaiwa and this is the story of my music.

I was born in Zimbabwe and started my music career when I was just 6 years old. Music was always around where I grew up and my first musical instrument was the marimbas. The marimba is a musical instrument in the percussion family. It consists of a set of wooden bars with resonators. The bars are struck with mallets to produce musical tones. Although I grew up seeing my uncles playing mbiras, I was hooked on the marimbas. As I was developing my skills, I moved to the guitar and I perfected it until I could write my own songs and create my own riddims.

In 1997 I joined The Blacks Unlimited band under the leadership of Dr Thomas Mapfumo, a Zimbabwean musician known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe" and "Mukanya" for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music, including his sharp criticism of the government of President Robert Mugabe. He both created and made popular Chimurenga music and his slow-moving style and distinctive voice is instantly recognizable to Zimbabweans.

Mapfumo's subtle yet clear political and social messages led to his arrest by the Ian Smith government. Large demonstrations in protest of his arrest and an inability to trump up charges against him forced the government to release him after three months. This also meant that Mapfumo and his band were forced into exile.

These were exciting, influential and dangerous times. From an article titled Zimbabwe: House of Exile, the painful words rang true for me… “The decision to more or less permanently leave home is a gut wrenching one. For months on end, families are torn apart as they debate whether to uproot everything and leave or stay with an uncertain future. This was the case for millions of Zimbabweans between 2000 and 2008”.

In 2004, I came to the USA The Blacks Unlimited and have continued to play the music that means so much to me, to Zimbabwe and to the world.

Almost a decade after leaving Zimbabwe, and having played amazing shows around the world including our recent show at Carnegie Hall, I felt it was time to put my own band together. De Solution Band plays World Music with an amazing blend of African, Reggae and Soulful dance sounds. The music is multi-faceted – the mbiras and guitars blend together to make danceable music with a rhythmic groove; the lyrics (in both Shona and English) bring the past and the present together as De Solution for the future!!
Historically, the music of Zimbabwe was representative of every aspect of life in Zimbabwean culture, from birth, through the trials and events of living, to death. Music was used as an instructional tool to emphasize the virtues of events such as the passage into adulthood, marriage, hunting and going to war. Traditional music in Zimbabwe was used to forge relationships between individuals and families.
Music in Zimbabwe has survived the cultural invasions and protest years of the past decades, and in its place has emerged a new and modern sound. This sound is De Solution Band and the artist that bring this sound to you are:
Christopher Muchabaiwa - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Gilbert Zvamaida Mhofu - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Parker Chase Koehn - Drums
Chakaipa Mhembere - Mbira
Tony Walters - Bass
Venue Information:
Hi-Fi Lounge
44 E. 7th Ave
Eugene, OR, 97401