BULAWAYO – Bulawayo-based afro-jazz musician Jeys Marabini will return to Austria later this month to participate in the Roots Music from Southern Africa Festival.
Marabini’s two-week tour schedule will take him to a number of Austrian cities including Kermes on his return to the European country where he recorded his seventh and latest album Silo.
The Bulawayo star is convinced that his forthcoming tour will present him with a platform to promote his latest 11-track album.
“This is an opportunity for me to showcase my talent and promote my music overseas,” said the multiple National Arts Merit Award (Nama) winner.
“European countries are interested in understanding our African culture. My aim as an artiste is to go there not only to entertain but to reflect the very best of Zimbabwean culture."
“It is also another chance to learn from other people because in music industry one has to be willing to try new things,” Marabini said.
Roots Music from Southern Africa Festival is organised by a Zimbabwean based in Austria called Blessing Nkomo.
Nkomo is a member of Isingizi — an award-winning international imbube which is a key player in the annual festival.
Marabini told the Daily News that he is currently working on several videos of some tracks on his latest album.
“To add more value to my album, I have decided to shoot videos so as to make my fans understand the message in all my tracks.
“I will go there to represent our country and show Europeans that there is a lot of talent in Zimbabwe,” said the Bulawayo-based musician.
Many music fans regard Marabini as a natural replacement for self-exiled veteran composer and lead vocalist Lovemore Majaivana who is now based in the United States of America.
The 41-year-old Marabini’s discography includes Emarabini, Thuthukani ngothando, Sounds of Today and Tomorrow, One continue from 1Time, Izenzo and Jeys at 40.
Some of his best hits include the likes of Uthando lwakho, Umuzi kababa, Amalungelo, Ezinyangeni and Julia which he did with the late Nana Coyote, a member of award-winning South African group Stimela.
Marabini has graced some of the world’s biggest festivals including Womad.
His international tours have taken him to the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Holland and the United States of America.