Singer-songwriter Tinashe Makura will make his American concert debut in German Village.

Makura, who was born in Zimbabwe, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in Frank Fetch Park, 228 E. Beck St.

"I call my music 'afro pop,' so it's a blend of my African influences and a blend of Western kind of stuff," Makura said. "We fuse all of that together."

The concert, part of the Third Sunday Concert Series presented by the German Village Garten Club, is free and open to the public. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Makura, 34, said he's looking forward to playing in the park and bringing "a lot of positive energy" to the show.

"I intend to just create a good vibe," he said. "I do have a couple of mellow tracks, but what I've intentionally done for this particular show is (prepared) most of my songs that I've written (to) introduce people to our traditional music in Zimbabwe."

Educated in Malaysia, Makura met producer Anton Morgan, a native New Zealander who helped present Western sounds and rhythms to his music, he said.

His professional music career started in 2006. He is a self-taught musician and plays both a keyboard and guitar.

Makura said he went home to start his business.

That's where he met his wife, Sarah Foltz, who was doing mission work in helping provide fresh water and sanitation.

They live in Licking County.

Zimbabwe is also where Makura met German Village residents Tyler Collen and Ashleigh Lemon, who were volunteering at a water-well project for needy communities.

Collen and Lemon will join Makura onstage with some backing musicians.

"Tinashe is one of my favorite artists of all time and just so happens to be a good friend of mine," said Lemon, vice president of the German Village Garten Club. "When you meet Tinashe in person you can automatically see what a pure and giving soul he has and this shines through even more in his music.

"His blend of Shona, his native language, and English lyrics is a unique blend you won't find anywhere else," Lemon said. "I have no doubt the community will be in love with his storytelling through his music."

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