African Beats and Four-string Oil Can Guitar to Rock Bella Union at Trades Hall in Carlton, Melbourne, Australia

Mpaphi Nfandizo and his oil can guitar. Picture: Norm Oorloff

Mpaphi Nfandizo and his oil can guitar. Picture: Norm Oorloff

CELEBRATORY African beats featuring the distinctive four-string oil can guitar will rock Carlton this weekend.

Mpaphi Nfandizo and his band Afrovival will launch their debut, self-titled EP at Bella Union at the Trades Hall building on the corner of Lygon and Victoria streets on Saturday night.

“It is happy music,” Nfandizo said.

“It’s about my memories of growing up in a small village in an extended family, with many aunts and uncles, and when they’re happy, they dance.

“I’m trying to give people an experience of African music and people singing, dancing and enjoying themselves.”

Nfandizo said he believed the unorthodox, four-string oil can guitar became popular in his homeland of Botswana when people couldn’t get a hold of standard guitars and made their own.

Tickets are $15 at the door, or free for children under 12.

Source: Nic Price|HeraldSun.com.au

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