The National Musicians’ Day celebrations that were set for two consecutive days in September after a decade’s absence have been postponed and combined with the International Music Day on October 2.
The Zimbabwe Union of Musicians (Zum) postponed the celebrations as they did not want the event to clash with bigger functions that were set for the same date, like the police commissioner-general’s fundraising show also titled Chibuku Road Show.
“The main objective and focus of the National Musicians’ Day and the International Music Day is to expose, mix and market budding amateurs, upcoming, semi-professional and top musicians,” said Zum national organising secretary, Robson Nyanzira.
He said the celebrations would run under the theme “Promoting National Healing through Music” and participating musicians would compose songs on national healing, anti -piracy and Aids awareness.
Nyanzira said international, regional and most local music bands would perform at the two-day event which in the past was usually dominated by popular and upcoming Zimbabwean bands.
“We also intend to raise funds for musicians’ trust funds, to develop, educate, promote, market and sponsor musicians and also a benevolent fund that will assist musicians during illnesses, old age, burial and to cater for deceased musicians’ families and misfortunes,” said Nyanzira.
He said the effort was to encourage cultural dialogue among Zimbabweans and foster a culture of appreciation of diversity for peace and progress.
Nyanzira said for the first time in Zimbabwe they would be paying tribute to the fallen heroes in music through performances by sons and daughters of the late legends such as Sulumani Chimbetu, Morgan and Tendai Dembo, Biggy Tembo Jnr and the Chibadura brothers.
“We are expecting bands from South Africa, Zambia and Mali, to mention a few, and we are most likely going to have our own Zimbabwean legend, Thomas Mapfumo, at the occasion as he is a member of the Zimbabwe Union of Musicians,” he said.
He said the event, which had not been held for ten years, will this year be a major one that will be broadcast live on television and radio.