Yeshe Reiners 2017-12-04T17:03:06+00:00

Yeshe embarked on his global voyage at the age of only seventeen. He had ceased his formal schooling and began to travel. During this time, he performed with many different bands as a drummer, percussionist, bass player, and even background vocalist. His winters were spent in Africa where he studied music and culture and occasionally performed with various dance troupes. During the summers, Yeshe would return to Europe performing with many different acts in a wide array of styles such as; Reggae, Funk, Blues, Latin and South African Jive. It was during one of these summers that he would meet another one of his musical mentors. This mentor was none other than Reggae World singer Tefo Hlaele, who was a founding member of the world famous musical, Ipi N’tombi.

Yeshe’s trips to Africa were among the most influential experiences of his musical development. He learned to absorb the cascading tides of style from each culture. As a pearl embeds into an oyster, Yeshe was absorbing and learning each culture’s music. Layer by layer, he was adding to his knowledge and ability to create beautiful music. He had become a pearl embedded.

In the early 1980s Yeshe met Canadian musician Harry Manx, known for his blend of Blues, Folk, and Hindustani Classical music. Yeshe and Manx became good friends and worked and toured together with many different acts around the globe. Manx would have a tremendous and powerful influence on Yeshe’s future musical development, eventually inspiring his solo career. In the mid 1980s Yeshe would leave Europe and Africa for a time to explore the music and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. He would spend five years in Japan working as a session musician with several other Japanese and
international artists. During this time, Yeshe traveled throughout Asia to absorb the various percussion styles of its many cultures. He was invited to study with the Peliatan Gamelan Orchestra in Bali, the Kodo Drummers of Sado Island in Japan, and the Samul Nori of South Korea. Yeshe had explored a new continent and expanded his musical experience by absorbing Asian Elements.

By the mid 1990s, Yeshe had found a new place to call home in Australia and performed locally there with many bands. In addition, he continued to tour internationally with the likes of Harry Manx and Ganga Giri. While in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1996, Yeshe met American singer/songwriter Chris Berry of the band Panjea. Berry was a master mbira player that had already released many successful songs in Zimbabwe. It was this important meeting that sparked Yeshe’s interest in the mbira. Yeshe became proficient on the mbira with the help of many teachers and friends, especially Garikayi Tirikoti, a well known mbira virtuoso. Yeshe says of Garikayi; “When I heard him play for the first time that was it! I would compare him to someone like Coltrane or Beethoven and I seldom left his sight after that when in Zimbabwe.” Garikayi became Yeshe’s main teacher and close friend and transformed him into talented mbira player. The mbira quickly became a centerpiece of Yeshe’s music.