Mathew Tembo will headline the free Thursday, Sept. 3, Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series concert on the city’s new green space at New York Avenue and Seventh Street.
The performance is replacing the previously scheduled band Otava Yo.
The evening’s entertainment, which begins at 5 p.m., also includes ballroom dance lessons on the green and the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra’s first open-air concert since the organization began almost 100 years ago.
Mathew Tembo is an award-winning Afro-pop musician hailing from Zambia in Southern Africa. Tembo’s music fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary sounds. His compositions resound Afro-fusion, reggae-fueled songs featuring lyrics in various languages and instruments including the silimba, kalumbu and kalimba.
He has shared the stage with Mulatu Estatke, 3Ma and Oliver Mtukudzi and has collaborated with Kenneth Kaunda, the guitar-playing freedom-fighting first president of Zambia. Outside of Zambia, he has played in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Holland, Denmark, Germany and the U.S. He also hosts an annual music festival in Lusaka, Zambia, called “Sing Our Own Song,” geared at promoting indigenous music.
Music and family-friendly activities will begin at 5 p.m. with an orchestral instruments “petting zoo.” Tembo will take the stage at 7 p.m. Concertgoers should bring blankets or chairs as seating is not provided. Food and beverages are available at the concert site.