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Tex-Mex & Afro-Pop Music at The MACC

January 23, 2014
Maui Weekly

It's a weekend full of musical hyphenations--cross-genre artists mixing it up to the delight of the ear and eye--as Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) presents more of the best that the world of performing arts has to offer.

Los Lonely Boys will rock the Castle Theater on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. This trio of brothers--Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza--have a true American musical success story. As kids, they backed their father's band in Texas cantinas and honkytonks, then dived into the club scene with a band of their own.

Their self-titled debut record went straight to double platinum in 2003, and the mega-hit single, "Heaven," earned them a Grammy Award.

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Los Lonely Boys will rock the Castle Theater on Friday, Jan. 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Los Lonely Boys' infectious blend of country, rock, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul and Tejano is known throughout the music biz as nothing less than a "full-scale Tex-Mex, American roots rock party."

Their latest album, "Rockpango," is a yield of fandango and huapango--Latin rhythms that get the fiesta going!

Tickets for this rip-roarin' concert are $35, $45, $55 and $65.

The very next night, The MACC will present the pride of Zimbabwe. Oliver Mtukudzi is one of the most powerful creative forces to emerge on the Afro-pop scene in the last three decades. The MACC brings this superstar of the Afro-Pop scene and his band, The Black Spirits, to the Castle Theater stage on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Mtukudzi was inducted into the Afro-Pop Hall of Fame in 2013, an honor bestowed on contemporary African artists who not only excel artistically, but who also play a large role in connecting American audiences to Africa and African culture. (Previous inductees include Thomas Mapfumo, Youssou N'Dour, Oumou Sangare and Angelique Kidjo.)

Mtukudzi, or "Tuku," as he is well known as, sings in the Shona language, as well as Ndebele and English, in a deep and gutsy voice, in a distinctive style known to fans as "Tuku Music." He has a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of his people, heavily influenced by a humanist ethos. Tuku Music incorporates elements of different African musical traditions, such as South African mbaqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style called "jit," and the traditional kateke drumming of his clan.

The Castle Theater will be set up with a dance floor for Tuku's concert to accommodate an audience who may very well be inspired to move along with these amazing African rhythms.

Tickets to see Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits are $35 advance; $45 on the day of the show.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased in person at The MACC Box Office (1 Cameron Way, Kahului), by phone or online. The Box Office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 242-SHOW (7469) or visit

For all Castle Theater shows, everyone is invited to come early for pre-show dinner and beverages, and stay around after the show for dessert and beverage options.

There will be special entertainment in the courtyard starting at 6 p.m.--live music with the band MABANZI.



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