Book Cafe unveils stunning regional music collaborations


HARARE – Three stunning music collaborations between South African and Zimbabwean artistes will take to the stage in Harare this October, in the October International Jazz and World Music Festival from October 17-21 at Book Cafe.

From South Africa the festival welcomes revered Zulu maskanda guitarist Bheki Khoza (to collaborate with Victor Kunonga), hip-hop-jazz pioneers Tumi and The Volume (with Chiwoniso Maraire), and afro-pop superstar Ntando Bangani (with Alexio Kawara).

The October International Jazz and World Music Festival began in 2009, now in its fourth year, has grown in scope and presence.

It began as an idea from the Italian Embassy, who brought in some of its prominent jazz musicians to enrich the tradition of Jazz in Harare.

This year, they have partnered with the National Arts Council and Pamberi Trust to present an exciting array of talented and influential artistes from Italy, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe — an extraordinary jazz and world music extravaganza that makes the October International Jazz and World Music Festival one of the most exciting music happenings in Southern Africa — a treat for Harare audiences which will have people talking for years to come.

Pamberi Trust has linked three major Zimbabwean artistes with three South African stars who will perform in unique and exciting collaborations at the famous Book Café, which are set to elevate Harare’s musical heartbeat.

This is part of a long-term project by Pamberi Trust to inspire African linkages and create ground-breaking music hybrids.

The three collaborations have been made possible through African Synergy Trust (SA) and it’s partners Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Doen Foundation.

The Book Cafe strives to create an exciting, diverse artistic community.

Jazz is a medium that stretches across the world, inspiring many different interpretations.

The first is the epic meeting of South Africa’s world-renowned jazz guitarist, Bheki Khoza and Zimbabwe’s own mbira rhythms-influenced guitarist, Victor Kunonga.

Both men are well-known in their own right, with Khoza having played with some of the best jazz guitarists in the world.

Khoza is famous for melding classical jazz guitar with elements of township jazz and the Zulu maskanda (folk storytelling style) tradition.

Kunonga is a local music sensation who has established himself as an exceptional artist on the local music scene.

He is a frequent performer at the Book Cafe, where his reputation as an accomplished guitarist has led to him being hailed as the next Tuku.

Both men collaborated earlier this year in June at an exciting performance at the Cresta Oasis hotel.

Their performance was electrifying, prompting them to come together again for this festival.

Zimbabwean audiences will enjoy this year the partnership between soulful mbira queen, Chiwoniso Maraire and South Africa’s jazz-based hip-hop band, Tumi and The Volume.

Chiwoniso is well-known and much loved by local audiences.

Her passionate voice is distinctive and evocative.

Her songs alternate between celebration, protest and the deep yearn of love and heartache.

Maraire’s familiar style will blend with South African new school hip-hop pioneers, Tumi and the Volume.

Tumi and the Volume are no strangers to the Harare music scene.

They performed at this year’s Hifa and last year’s Shoko Festival, leaving audiences wanting more and more.

These two creative forces met and collaborated in July for the Kigali Up! music festival in Rwanda creating an unforgettable blend of soulful mbira with new school hip-hop, beat poetry and funked up jazz.

Their collaboration was sensational and their performance promises to thrill Harare audiences.

Making his Zimbabwean debut is South African superstar, the one and only Ntando Bangani, whose debut album famously went platinum selling over one million copies! Ntando, known as an electrifying performer, will bring his irresistible blend of Afro-pop, jazz and dancehall and fuse it with the sounds of local singing sensation, Alexio Kawara.

With his deep, soulful voice and earnest songwriting he rose to fame with his chart-topping hit Dali Wami.

He has previously headlined at Cape Town Jazz Festival, and this year he will merge his South African rhythms with the music of passionate singer-songwriter Alexio Kawara, who has won the hearts of Zimbabweans over the last few years with four albums including the latest best-seller Tose.

Both singers specialise in soulful, romantic music and their collaboration promises to break barriers and is guaranteed to get you up and dancing!

These collaborations are some of the barrier-breaking performances to look forward to at this year’s festival.

Pamberi Trust strives to work together with performers from different cultural backgrounds to help promote understanding and tolerance between people.

It is important that the artistes collaborations at this festival will help to stretch the boundaries of how people work together as a community. – Own Correspondnet

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