HARARE will from October 17 to 21 play host to a programme of spectacular collaborations bringing together local and international musicians at this year’s October International Jazz and World Music festival.
Report by Simbarashe Manhango
The festival celebrates Africa’s deep, diverse musical traditions, including traditional music, blues, hip-hop and funk and a collaborative platform between artists.
Hosted annually, the three-day extravaganza is set to feature artists from Italy and southern Africa.
The festival will kick off with a collaboration between South African performer Bheki Khoza and local afro-jazz crooner Victor Kunonga on October 17.
The following day will see Tumbuka Dance group squaring up with Artemis Danza from Italy at the Celebration Centre.
Tumi and the Volume from South Africa will bring a blend of their poetry and hip hop, this time accompanied by mbira songstress Chiwoniso Maraire.
Chiwoniso collaborated with the group in July at the Kigali festival in Rwanda.
Young and talented South Africa afro–pop star Ntando Bangani will also have an opportunity to share notes with Alexio Kawara.
Arts manager Penni Yon said the festival would offer a collaborative platform where artists from Zimbabwe and other countries can share the stage.
“There is a lot of emerging talent and new jazz ensembles coming up with creative works that embrace the concept of jazz and contribute to its place in the plurality of world music,” Yon said.
“So we intend to celebrate this aspect by giving artists a collaborative podium where they can mix and perform on one stage.”
Workshops will also be held during the festival at the Book Cafe, Zimbabwe College of Music and Murehwa Cultural Centre.
The festival is being hosted by the Embassy of Italy in partnership with Pamberi Trust and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.