American group to grace Hifa


Seattle-based American group, Publish the Quest, is scheduled to perform at this year’s Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa).

Seattle is the northernmost major city in the United States and the largest city in the Pacific northwest and in the state of Washington.

“The Quest is music and words tied and twisted together to make people move and think at the same time. The Quest is life, bringing people together to share happiness and pain alike,” said Hifa spokesperson Rosie Mitchell.

Formed in 2008, this American group released its first album, The Threads that same year. Publish The Quest blends groove melodies, blues, rock, ska and world pop with blazing vocal lines to make music that continually questions social issues.

They combine dance music melodies, powerful lyrics, thumping bass, stout snare shots, sassy horns and wicked guitar lines to create something both unusual and eminently danceable.

Founded by songwriter Jacob Bain, the group brings together seven passionate artists to form a strong bond that is serious about keeping feet moving, bodies shaking and minds engaged.
The group is getting ready to release their second album, Then What!?

This features Femi Kuti, a Nigerian musician and the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
Publish the Quest is slated to stage three shows starting on Thursday, April 28 during the Stanbic Bank Day at the Global Stage from 9-10pm.

They will also perform on Friday, April 29 (Lion Lager Day) at the Coca-Cola Green Stage and round off with their Global Stage performance on April 30.

The group is made up of Jeffrey DeMelle, Mark Oi, Samantha Boshnack, Izaak Mills, Adam Kessler and Chris Poage.

In September last year, they travelled to Cape Verde with Zimbabwe-born Johnny Fernandez, the director of Salt, a project aimed at preserving the soulful and beautiful musical traditions of people who struggle daily simply to put food on the table.

“Travelling all the way from the United States to
perform at this Festival explains the theme of the festival ‘Engagement Party’, an idea that will see all communities locally and internationally taking part”, said Mitchell.