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Zim hosts German jazz duo


The entertainment frenzy that rocked Zimbabwe in the last couple of weeks during which international music acts played in the country continues this week with a concert at the Zimbabwe-Germany Society featuring FAVO, a renowned German jazz duo.

The duo of soprano saxophonist Volker Schlott and bass clarinettist Falk Breitkreuz, which landed on Monday, will collaborate with local artistes in a concert tonight at the ZGS premises in Milton Park.

Local artistes including Taurai Mandebvu, Tererai Mugwadi, Hope Masike, Prayer Mtamangira, mbira genius Takunda Mafika, prolific drummer Mwaengawenyu Njikizana aka Sebede, Michael Mtekedza and Blessing Chimanga are some of the artistes expected to feature in the concert.

“We are very happy to be here, we feel very welcome and we are also looking forward to working with local artistes,” said Schlott at a press conference.

FAVO members trained at the Heinz Eisler School which is a reportedly renowned of music in the eastern part of what used to be the divided city of Berlin.

They have been very much in demand as session musicians working with such well-known names as Cecil Taylor, Mikis Theodorakis, Jocelyn B Smith, Chaka Kahn and Udo Lindenberg and they have proven their worth in all kinds of music formations, from Big Bands to symphony orchestras.

“Organically the soprano saxophone and the bass clarinet bond with each other complementing each other so well producing a delightful, percussive effect that I am sure everyone is going to enjoy,” said an upbeat Schlott.

FAVO is currently on a tour of Africa and Harare was their first stop, before going to Tanzania, Burundi, and a number of other African countries before returning to Germany.

Local artistes were ecstatic at the opportunity of collaborating with the international stars as they got a chance to practise with the German Jazz crooners in a workshop Wednesday.

“We are really looking forward to the concert, it is not every day that we get the opportunity to collaborate with professional Jazz artistes like you,” said Tererai Mugwadi.

The concert is pencilled to begin at 6pm today and is open to the public at $5 at the gate.

The act was sponsored by the Goethe Institute (German Cultural promotions organisation), the ZGS and the Embassy of Germany.

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