HARARE – Musician Alexio Kawara has signed a deal with Adrienne’s Restaurant in Belgravia to perform there at least twice a month.
Adrienne’s is owned by Nicholas Mandeya who decided on the partnership with the talented singer.
Kawara will begin his end of the deal on Saturday.
“We are hoping to capture the imagination of the younger crowd that has money to spend. I have Philbert Marowa and some little known artistes. I am still trying to find the right person and I think Alexio will do a splendid job.
“What I want to do is appeal to a cross section of people, the young, not-so-young and the old. I personally appreciate Alexio’s music and I know young people enjoy it,” he said.
Mandeya said as a restaurant they cater for cross sections of society so he wanted to provide suitable entertainment.
“I am trying to create an atmosphere where people especially young girls can come and enjoy themselves without fears of being harassed or getting their bags stolen.
“Adrienne’s is a cosmopolitan restaurant because it appeals to a cross section of different cultures. I want to create a difference ambience of entertainment in this place,” he said.
Don Gwese, Kawara’s manager said they were looking forward to the partnership as it would bring them closer to another section of the society.
“We want to be able to touch all Zimbabweans and all parts of life. I think our music should be heard by everyone. When preachers are preaching their aim is to reach as many people as possible with their message.
“This invitation we have been extended is good for us also as we will be reaching out to different people. Adrienne’s has its own patrons and it is good that we will be reaching to them also,” he said.
Alexio said the invitation was welcome.
“I am sure it will be an exciting venue for our fans. We are trying to find venues that we can host our shows for our fans but venues are becoming scarce these days. This is an additional venue for us, which is good,” he said.
Alexio started off his music career as an urban grooves artiste and has made a remarkable change in his career.
He is no longer referred to as an urban grooves artiste but as an Afro-jazz musician.
He is now attracting more mature crowds and has five albums to his name.