Kuimba To Hold Concert


Kris & Lark of Kuimba

Date: Friday, June 22, 2012

Subject: Concert To Be Held

Contact: Susan Bower: (530) 628 - 5004

For Immediate Release

Kuimba To Hold Concert

Northern Delights Restaurant in Hayfork will sponsor a concert by the musical group, Kuimba, on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are on a sliding scale of $5.00 – 15.00. Children are welcome.





Former Trinity County residents Kris and Lark Bowerman, also known as Kuimba, will be performing at Northern Delights Restaurant in Hayfork, California on Friday, June 22 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on a sliding scale, $5—$15.



This World Fusion duo lightheartedly and attentively whisks together rhythms and musical flavors of Africa and America. Kuimba's mellow, upbeat musical mood is much loved by people with a broad world-view and a love of nature. Their lyrics are metaphoric and entertaining.


Kuimba's classic original Swahili lyrics bring bold sensual rhythms and a feeling of the earthiness of Africa giving you a taste of another culture, while their American style songs bring you back home with flavors of blues, folk and jazz.


Lark’s clear, earthy lead and Kris’ distinctive backup harmonies create an unusual and very lovely vocal blend. Lark plays accompaniment on hollow-body electric guitar, or African bow harps; Kris on African Djembe drum or various percussion instruments. Kris' trombone improvisations, either solo or in combination with Lark's voice, are another unique feature of the group.


Kris and Lark also enjoy telling stories of their many adventures and misadventures also at times inviting their audience to clap, dance or sing along in a relaxed way.




Kuimba has performed to enthusiastic response from people of all ages at music festivals, community concerts, Community Colleges and Universities, environmental organizations, Campfire groups, Teachers conferences, Wedding celebrations, Art Wine and Music festivals, and many other venues. They have also been featured guests on KQED & KPFA radio and KPIX & KTVU television in the S. F. Bay Area, on KIXE Local Vision radio, Redding, CA, and 93.1 FM, X'ia Viera's music program, Xi'an, China.


Their 'Africa - Rhythm & Singing school assembly program was brought to over 210 schools and reached over 110,00 students up and down the West Coast of America from Chula Vista, California to Point Roberts, Washington—border to border—from 1992 through 2002.


In November, 2002 Lark and Kris packed up for an adventure, left California, and moved to the Czech Republic, visiting for five months. Then in 2003 they moved to Xi'an, China for two years. During this time they played informal concerts for friends, in the schools where they taught, and in Xi'an at the Man Ha Duen—“Manhattan”—Bar and the Music Man Club. The year 2005 found them moving to BC, Canada where they now live and perform in community events.




Kuimba has produced six recordings, the most popular being, Salimu! Heshimu!, MawinguI Remember Africa, Mount Diablo and their latest release, Mystic Quest, an album of exotic instrumentals. Kris and Lark are now working on a new CD,

Blue Kuimba, due to be released in 2013.




Kris and Lark met in 1982 through their mutual interest in music and philosophy. Inspired by the great natural blend of their voices, they immediately began to collaborate as a vocal duo and songwriting team. It took a number of years of experimentation to combine the composing styles of a formally trained trombonist and an ear trained vocalist but ultimately each of the two different approaches enhanced the other, resulting in some very unique music.


Their first major performance as a duo came as a concert in ’88 in the Oregon Shakespearean Festival’s Summer Pleasures Series (Ashland), and KUIMBA was born. The group was joined in ’94 by Bay Area drummer, John Waller and in the summer of ’00 by bassist/guitarist, Don Keller, also from the Bay Area. Kuimba now primarily performs as a duo, but also does collaborations with other artists.






Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre), of Canadian and American parents, Lark Bowerman belongs to a group of people known by anthropologists as Global Nomads. Far from being mere ex-patriots, people like her are a dynamic multilingual, multicultural force with the potential for healing wounds created by political, racial and religious misunderstanding. Her music has roots in the music—both Western and Indigenous—that she first heard and sang in the Congo, Ituri Forest village and later in East Africa where she grew up.


Lark began to sing as a small child and to write poetry and play musical instruments at age twelve. Her lyrics in both Swahili and English are rich in the metaphors of nature and convey universal human feelings of reverence for life. She accompanies her vocals with African harps, guitar, and percussion.




A native Californian, Kris began study of the trombone at age ten. His passion for improvisation was ignited when he played in the Stan Kenton clinics in high school. During this time he made his first public appearances, including performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, in Musicals, with The Jazz Quintet and The Bay Bones, and in 1978, he received a B.M. in Trombone Performance from S.F.S.U.


Kris has continued to play in a large variety of groups and events including Musicals, Big Bands, Small Group Jazz and Renaissance music. In Santa Cruz, CA he performed with the Antiquarian Funks and in the Oregon Shakespearean Festival. In BC, Canada he performs with the Delta Jazz Brothers trio.


With Kuimba, Kris’ ability to pick extraordinary melodies “out of the air” as an improviser on either trombone, recorder or bamboo flute adds just the right feel to many of the songs. He also plays West African Djembe drum and Talking drum. Kris harmonizes his distinctive tenor voice with Lark’s lead vocals, sometimes composing and singing the lead vocal as well.


© 2012 Kuimba


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“We have received your new CD and want to thank you.  We love it!  I forgot what a beautiful voice you have. Just so you know, I don't think you sound like anyone.  You are just your own amazing artists.  But for the sake of the request I suggest Angus & Julia Stone.  I think people who enjoy them will enjoy you.”
Melissa Matthews, British Columbia

“Thank you Lark & Kris for your inspiring, beautiful music! With much appreciation…"
Karen McCombe, New York

"The cord that THE BALLAD strikes in my heart is one of music that brings out a deep sense of community, people saying: Hey, this is us. …. The human spirit that will never be snuffed out – no matter the adversary."                                                    Samm Musoke, Nova Scotia

"I fell in love with Lark and Kris’s music the first time I heard it. It has an uplifting, inspiring quality which as a musician and songwriter I appreciate. Subsequently after my grandson was born I started playing him songs and he loved them. We had many a good time dancing to songs and once he was walking and talking he would request the music again and again and loves to dance and/or drum along. Thank you Lark and Kris for your gift of music to the world."                                    Suzanne Lichau, Oregon

"Dear Lark and Kris,
I'm writing on behalf of the South Fraser Gogos ( to thank you so much for your fantastic contribution to our Potluck Evening. You made the Grandmothers welcome quite spectacular and one I'm sure they will remember.

Everyone enjoyed the rest of your music and singing and seeing everyone up dancing is a sight I'll always remember. Wishing you all the very best,                       Jesse Pringle, Go Go Grannies Co-coordinator, British Columbia

"Kuimba weaves a magical spell with their enchanting melodies, mesmerizing harmonies, and penetrating lyrics. The music is at once universal and uniquely personal . . . the musicians share themselves with their audiences in an intimate and moving manner."                                       Julia J. Heydon, PhD. Music, Former Music Director, Oregon Shakespearean Festival