Mbira music maestro, Chiwoniso Maraire, is set to perform in Bulawayo on Friday as part of Alliance Française de Bulawayo’s cultural exchange programme.
The show will be held at Horizon Club in the evening.
“Chiwoniso will be performing in Bulawayo as part of our arts and culture exchange programme that we host on a regular basis throughout the year,” said Alliance de Française Bulawayo cultural co-ordinator Gilmore Moyo.
“We are holding the show in conjunction with the Embassy of France in Zimbabwe.”
Maraire’s last performance at a show organised by the French in Bulawayo was in 2003 when she performed alongside Malagasy Valiha Virtuoso Rajery.
Maraire’s infectious mbira music fused with traditional instruments is hard to resist.
She plays the nyunga-nyunga type of mbira instrument with her group, Vibe Culture.
The Queen of Mbira is set to perform alongside Bulawayo-based guitarist Hudson Simbarashe and his band, The Experience.
Simbarashe also plays for Edith weUtonga besides featuring regularly at the Harare International Festival of the Arts.
“To promote new talent, Brian Bangura, popularly known as Soulfamilya, an Afro-pop and soul musician, will also be performing,” said Moyo.
Soulfamilya put up a splendid performance in June at the Sundowner Concert.
Moyo said another group called the Tequila Fam will also showcase hip-hop dance routines to the accompaniment of mbira music and percussion.
Maraire has produced five albums to date with her 1995 Ancient Voices still doing very well locally and internationally.
She also stages regular shows on the international stage.