Byo music festival kicks off

Pindai Dube


THE Bulawayo Musical and Arts Festival kicked off on Wednesday at the Zimbabwe Musical Academy and Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds.

The musical festival, being held at the same time with Isigodlo Arts festival, ends on Sunday. Nandos

and Merchant Bank of Central Africa are sponsoring the festival.

English pianists Benjamin Nabarro and Matthew Sharp performed in an afternoon concert on Wednesday with local pianists Michael Brownlee and Leslie Howard performing in the evening.

Russia’s Ania Safonova and Neil Chapman, a Harare-based pianist who is also the director at the Harare Musical college, performed yesterday at a concert named Mozart.

Today Sharp, Brownlee and Chapman are expected to perform at a vocal concert in Americana while King George VI, Umdumo Wesizwe and Umkati local bands are also expected to participate in the Sound of the City concert.

Tomorrow local choral groups will move to St John’s Catherdral and participate in the choral concert show.

On Sunday, Nabarro, Sharp, Safanova and Howard are expected to end the festival playing as a joint band.

One of the festival organisers, Margret Moon, said tight security is provided at both venues. “We have hired a security company to safeguard all the venues and I assure all musicians and fans that safety is guaranteed. We are going to have a good festival until Sunday and we expect families to attend the various shows,” she said.

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