Eve Kawadza brings Piaf, Fitzgerald to life


HARARE – Stunning vocalist Eve Kawadza will deliver an African interpretation of the classic songs of Edith Piaf and Ella Fitzgerald at Alliance Française’s Old Mutual Theatre on Friday.

The show titled “A Tribute to Edith and Ella” will feature Eve belting out the passionate songs of renowned French singer Piaf, and the great American jazz singer, Fitzgerald. 

Promising to be an evening of beautiful music backed by an experienced band, this show is a must-attend for anyone who is a fan of classic music.

Eve has gained a reputation as a phenomenal vocalist and has performed on a number of prominent stages around Harare. 

Her professional career began at the Book Café’s Sistaz Open Mic platform, and she has since graduated to performing at Zimbabwe’s premier arts stage ? Hifa.

The talented vocalist is currently the lead singer of BlaQberry MusiQ where her mesmerising vocals blend seamlessly with the musicians in this versatile band.

Kawadza performs frequently at the Book Café and effortlessly slips through music genres with her clear and impressive voice.

The songbird is a passionate lover of music, and this show will bring to the stage the music of two of the most iconic female singers of yesteryear, passionate singers whom she deeply admires and respects.

Piaf was a French national treasure whose music lives on through her strong, powerful voice instantly      recognisable all over the world.

During the 1940s, Piaf was France’s most popular singer, and her songs are still well-loved today. 

Kawadza will sing classic Piaf tracks Milord, The Accordionist, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien and La Vie en Rose.

Ella Fitzgerald was similarly an extraordinary singer, specialising in jazz.  Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century.

In her lifetime, she won 13     Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. 

Ella was adored by fans and her now immortalised songs were composed by some of the best composers of the day including:  George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Kawadza will sing the songs of both icons bringing them to life with a new, African arrangement with the help of her respected and accomplished band members. 

This band consists of well-known jazz maestro Filbert Marova on piano, Othnell ‘Mangoma’ Moyo on percussion, Aubrey Kabambe on saxophone and Tafadzwa Marova on bass guitar.

Frequent Reps Theatre singer Christina Jenkins will also make a guest appearance for the tribute.

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