Zieti’s debut CD “Zemelewa” isn’t scheduled for official release until March 2012, but you can help support the band and directly foster live music in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, by clicking on the “Donate” button on the right side of this page and making a secure donation to the Zieti Instrument Fund. 100% of your donation will go toward acquiring and shipping instruments and live sound equipment to Zieti band members in Abidjan.
Musical instruments are extremely expensive and hard to come by in Abidjan. If you’re poor, they are simply out-of-reach. To put on a live show in Abidjan means also renting a PA system that is decrepit, massively expensive or both. This is one of the main reasons that live music has been overshadowed by MIDI production and lip-synching in Abidjan over the last 20-30 years. A sad state of affairs that Zieti is doing our best to counter through these shipments.
Our first batch of instruments arrived in Abidjan last month, and now Narcisse is equipped with a decent drumkit, several guitars, a small, dual-powered mixer, wedge monitors and assorted mics, stands, cables, strings, a lovely cajon and even a clarinet! Narcisse has installed everything in a small rehearsal space for Zieti, which he will also rent out to local bands for a nominal fee.
Our next shipment will include a heftier PA system, along with bass and guitar amps, to enable Zieti to be fully self-sufficient in rehearsing and performing live music on a modest scale. I can’t impress enough how radical of an opportunity this provides for the roots musicians of Abidjan. Fresh sounding, excellent music will pour forth! With your support, we hope to get our next shipment to Narcisse in Spring of 2012.
So please consider a donation to the Zieti Instrument Fund, and enjoy the music!