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Acoustic world music duo Nomad returns to Victoria this week.

African harpist Kinobe returns to Victoria with Michael Waters this week.

Acoustic world music duo Nomad returns to Victoria this week.

Nomad is Kinobe, a young Ugandan master of the 26-string African harp known as the Kora, and Michael Waters, a Victoria-based virtuoso guitarist. The duo met in Uganda in 2006 and have mounted 10 tours in Canada, the U.S., and Europe since then. Their unique blend of styles creates a powerful roots sound covering afro-roots, world eclectic and acoustic chill.

Kinobe has been playing music since the age of five, and began touring with an African ensemble when he was just 10. Based in Kampala, he has travelled around Africa playing with musicians steeped in tribal, traditional styles. His fascination with the Kora came from hearing the Mali virtuoso Toumani Diabate play.

“As soon as I heard him play, I knew this was the instrument I would go deepest with,” said Kinobe. “Even though it is not a traditional instrument from my country, it still speaks to me of the land and people.” Kinobe also plays the kalimba (thumb piano) and percussion instruments in his shows.

Waters has grown a strong west coast following through performances in churches and theatres over the last five years. After 33 years playing guitar as a spiritual practice, his 2004 encounter with the medicine traditions of the Amazon triggered a shift in his approach to music and a decision to begin performing publicly. He combines soaring guitar virtuosity and a new genre known as acoustic psychedelic chill.

Nomad plays at Merlin’s Sun Theatre, 1983 Fairfield Rd., on May 18, doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets, $20, available at Lyle’s place and at the door. The show at the Victoria Yoga School, 2674 Capital Hts., is on May 20. The performance is at 7 p.m., tickets are $20, and since seating is limited to 40, reservations must be made by email to michael@ladybirdmusic.com. Go to nomadmusic.ca for more information.

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