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Harare gets rocked down

ZIMBABWE’S biggest annual rock concert will take place tomorrow, when the fourth Rock Down Harare event is staged in the capital.

Six performing bands will take part in a series of sets that run from 5pm to midnight, includ

ing groups who are new to the event and others who have taken part in all or some of the previous years.

“Rock Down Harare has become one of the most popular live musical events in Zimbabwe and attracts thousands of visitors of all ages each year, and this year we hope to provide an event as good as or better than before,” said Minky Walters, one of the organisers.

Rock Down Harare 2007 is being sponsored by leading IT companies Burco Business Solutions and Dimension Data, both of which are part of the Seraph Group of Companies. A spokesman for the two organisations said the popularity of the event, coupled with the charitable fundraising it engenders, make it well worth while as a community support venture for both Burco and Dimension Data.

The performance schedule this year starts at 5pm with Charles Summerfield and URJ, new to RDH. With a wide range of fusion music, they will be followed by Detema Jazz band and Luba Blues, both of which have performed before and which add to the variety of music styles of offer during the evening.

Kwekwe and Friends will be on stage in the mid-evening slot, following successful participation in each of the previous three Rock Down Harare concerts. The group and their guests will feature a range of styles, but will focus on rock music. After them will be newcomers to RDH — but one of Zimbabwe’s best known musical ensembles of the past 25 years — the Rusike Brothers. The final group will be a brand new rock group, Negative Equity, who will make their concert debut in RDH and will have massive appeal to younger audiences and fans of hard rock.

One of the most commended features of Rock Down Harare is the sound system used for the performances. This is the HK Audio Cohedra, supplied by Sound Event Management, and recognised as the finest in the country, earning rave reviews at events such as the Harare International Festival of the Arts.

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