Certified Mango performs March 8

Rumba, Mambo and Tango music coming to Bonnington

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

The Arrow Lakes Arts Council (ALAC) has a Sunday afternoon concert lined up for March 8 to replace the pantomime normally performed at this time of year. Mirror Theatre normally puts on a Pantomime during the holiday season which is included but Director Anji Jones was unable to this year due to professional obligations so that left a hole in the concert series which needed to be filled.

Enter Certified Mango, “all original music composed by Paul ‘Garbanzo’ Gibbons with influences ranging from Cuban Rumba and Mambo, to Tango, Samba, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, and North African beats. Moods move from dreamy, groovy and hypnotic to up-beat and danceable.  If you like your world music with a unique jazzy edge, this is the band for you,” writes Marilyn Massey, spokesperson for ALAC.

Gibbons spent one year in north-eastern Brazil studying a religion called candomblé.  Every night he would head into the hills to attend these spirit cults of African origin which involve drumming, dancing, and possession.  Many years later, after a career in physical theatre, he took up music, and some of these dynamic Brazilian polyrhythms came back.  By then he had also studied North Indian classical bansuri (bamboo flute), Egyptian dumbek (drum) and Cuban percussion.

The Certified Mango sextet is comprised of Howard Bearham on saxophone, Lorna Visser on clarinet, Aiko Jackson on piano, Tsuneko “Koko” Kokubo on percussion, Shelley Dobie on bass and occasional vocals, and Paul Gibbons on congos. At Sunday’s concert, there will also be a special guest from Vancouver/Mexico City – Gerardo Avila, a physical theatre performer and magician whose resume includes the Cirque du Soleil.


The performance is on Sunday, March 8 at the Bonnington Arts Centre in Nakusp at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.  Tickets are available at the Bon Marche/Dollar Store until Saturday afternoon, and also at the door. Reminder to season ticket holders, this concert is included.