Harare Jazz Festival on tonight


All is set for the Harare Jazz Festival to be held tonight at the Rainbow Towers Gardens featuring renowned local and international artists.

Local artists in jazz circles are set to partner a range of internationally acclaimed artists that are slated to perfom at the festival.

Legendary musician, Oliver Mtukudzi, will perfom at the festival alongside the likes of Tanga Wekwa Sando, Dudu Manhenga, Chiwoniso Maraire, Patience Musa, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana and Claire Nyakujara.

South African trumpeter, composer, singer and song writer, Hugh Masekela, is also back at the festival by public demand and is set to rock the festival performing alongside Zimbabwe-born and South Africa-based Dorothy Masuka and Kunle Ayo from Nigeria.

“Masekela is set to be in Harare tomorrow (Saturday) and fans should expect a very exciting show as compared to the last years’ event,” said Munyaradzi Simango a consultant with Harare Jazz Festival.

One of the famous blues and jazz outfit, Amanda De La-Band (Amanda and the band) from Italy will also perfom at the festival, having briefly highlighted what they can do best with a performance at Rainbow Towers during the presentation of the jazz lifetime achievement awards on Thursday night.

The awards ceremony honoured lifetime achievers in jazz circles and Dorothy Masuka, Hilton Mambo, Lilian Mataka and the Cool Crooners, walked away with certificates and prize money worth $1 000 each.

“We are happy and excited to be in Zimbabwe and Africa for the first time and we promise an out-of-this-world performance,” said Amanda the leader of the Italian band.

All the way from Cuba and expected to make its debut appearance performing live on stage, is the Almendra Band.

Fashionable jazz outfit, the Cool Crooners, will also grace the stage. Sungura star, Sulumani Chimbetu, is also expected to make a guest appearance at the festival and perfom with Dudu Manhenga.

Other local jazz groups will close the festival with a free event at Mushandirapamwe Hotel in Highfield.

The free event is meant to take jazz to the people.

Harare Jazz Festival started in 2009 and this year will be the third edition of the festival which arguably has grown in stature to being one of the highly recognised festivals in Africa as a whole.