Zim celebrates the dawn of festive season


HARARE – As the much-celebrated Christmas holiday is getting closer, music promoters have lined up interesting gigs in the first week of December as a way of preparing Zimbabweans to celebrate the holiday in style.

High profile musician Oliver Mtukudzi who dedicated the last part of this year to celebrate his 60th birthday, will lock horns with a high ranking gospel artiste Charles Charamba on December 2 at Richwood Sports Club.

This family show is expected to unlock the doors of the festive season.

One of the show organisers Biggie Chinoperekwei said they have decided to throw a family show featuring Pastor Charamba at the beginning of December as a way of sending a prayer through music.

“The Christmas holiday is associated with a lot of mishaps and some of them cost a lot of lives.

“We find it a noble idea to throw a family show at the onset of December as a way of interceding,” he said.

Charamba who always performs alongside his sweetheart Olivia is known as the father of gospel music in the country.

Like Mtukudzi the Charambas are also in the country’s Big Five which has other names such as Alick Macheso, Sulumani Chimbetu and Mbira dzeNharira.

Big Five is a category that comprises top five musicians drawn from different music genres and in this case Mtukudzi represents katekwe, Macheso is the face of sungura, Charamba represents gospel, Chimbetu is the ambassador of dendera and the group Mbira dzeNharira stands for traditional music genre.

On the same note, another Harare joint Jazz 105 is hosting Ladies in Jazz event which will run for three days with the aim of promoting female artistes.

The event will run from November 30 to December 2 under the theme “taste the ladies’ voices.”

Speaking to the Daily News on Sunday Yasin Dhala Jazz 105 manager said this year’s event is bigger and has a star studded cast of musicians.

“Last year’s event was held in September and it was successful — about 12 musicians took part.

“This year the number of musicians has grown to 15 and jazz fans should expect Prudence Katomeni, Rute Mbangwa, Edith WeUtonga, Dudu Manhenga, Ammara Brown, Jean Masters, Chioniso Maraire, Pamela Zulu, Selmor Mtukudzi, Nadine Brown and Claire Nyakujara.

Dhala said fans should also expect to see new faces including Plaxedes Wenyika, Cindy Manyawi, Diana Samkange and other surprise guests.

The decision to support, promote and encourage women musicians comes at a time when ladies need assistance.

“Our local music industry is dominated by men and this is a sad scenario. If you check, our Big five is made up of only men — even the likes of Olivia Charamba, she is overshadowed by her husband,” he said.

Chiwoniso “Rebel woman” is expected to perform in Seke rural area at H and J nite club on December 1.

The joint proprietor Hilda Jeche told the Daily News on Sunday that rural areas are the backbone and custodians of African culture hence they have decided to celebrate the coming of the festive season with the mbira Queen.

“As Africans we are proud of our culture and as H and J nite club found in Seke rural area, we are celebrating the dawn of the festive season with Chiwoniso, an artiste who is the face of our African culture,” she said. – Vasco Chaya

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