Courtyard Series: Berklee at the Regattabar - Albino Mbie
Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a five-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords.
Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Mbie began to play in a number of local bands. As with his homemade guitar, he wanted to combine styles and incorporate diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he needed to experience new places, cultures, and sounds.
While studying music education and performance at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about Berklee, and soon after, became one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program in 2009. At Berklee, he was exposed to a variety of influences, but wanted to go deeper into the roots of jazz and expand his knowledge of music. He auditioned and was selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI)
Today, Albino's music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique "Moz-jazz" sound. Audio/Video Clips Artist Official Website
Free. Artists will perform in the Upper Courtyard area at The Charles Hotel. Shows are weather permitting.