Kinobe in Concert

Pan African Traditional Music


Join the Friends of the Bedford Public Library on Friday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. as they host, Kinobe in concert. The concert, held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a ticket price of $12.00 per person, collected at the door. Seating is limited.  For more information, call 540-586-8911, or visit  Join us and bring a friend or two! To receive notifications of upcoming shows please join our email list, accessible through our web site.


The evening opened with a short set by Kinobe, remarkable talents from Uganda with a Pan African take on the kora, tama (talking drum), kalimba and endongo (a kind of African lyre) and a rich and relaxed voice to match. His mastery on the kora and tama was brought to full effect as he came back to join Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits. “  - Nilan Perera


“As elusive as the concept of African unity may be, Kinobe Herbert is doing his part to realize it. The 25-year-old singer/multi-instrumentalist from Uganda rejects the fragmentation of the continent's often tradition-bound musical landscape, and instead actively seeks to incorporate influences and instruments from throughout Africa and beyond.

The kora is a harp-like instrument with 21 strings that showers wondrous cascades of sound. It's just one of the six that Kinobe plays onstage -- all of which he makes himself. They range from the okogo (thumb piano) to endere (Ugandan flute). In all, he and the four members of his group, Soul Beat Africa, bring a dozen exotic-sounding (and looking) instruments to the bandstand.”

 – Eric Snider


Born near Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kinobe (Chinobay) is a gifted Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and philanthropist known for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion.

He is dedicated to bringing love and joy to people through his music and contributing to building healthier lives and communities for children and families everywhere.

Kinobe’s first international performance was in Netherlands at the age of ten with his school ensemble and by 21, he had visited several countries in Africa studying and playing with celebrated musicians including. Over the years as a touring musician he has shared the stage with re-known African musicians including Toumani Diabate, Youssou N’dour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Baaba Maal and exposure to the bright palette of musical cultures makes Kinobe a unique contributor to world music. He has given concerts and workshops all over the world, bringing a powerful World-roots-dance sound to festival main stages and theatres, and intimately captivating solo and acoustic shows that showcase the diversity of the traditional African instruments. Kinobe is proud to be a World Ambassador for the Harmony Foundation (CANADA) supporting their important work on environmental protection and social development and improving the lives of children and their families around the world. In 2013, sponsored by Harmony Foundation he recorded a CD Searching for Survival, an uplifting expression of hope that people around the world can work together to make the world a healthier, more peaceful and just place to live for everyone.

He has also campaigned with UNICEF to support education for girls and works extensively with schools and communities around the world on various outreach and education programs. In 2014 Kinobe brought his music again to the United States festivals and theatre main stages and performed in renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center and BAM Center, (Brooklyn Academy of music). In 2015 Kinobe releases another CD, collaborating with long time friend Jaja Bashengezi from the democratic republic on Congo. This CD brings a fresh acoustic and rich sound from the great lakes region of East and Central Africa.




  • Occurred Friday, July 3rd, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm


Bedford Room at Bedford Central Library

321 North Bridge St
Bedford, VA 24523

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