Spoken word festival ends on Saturday

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On Saturday the curtain comes down on hip-hop and spoken word festival dubbed Shoko, which kicked off on Wednesday.

The festival which this year features hip-hop sensation Akal from UK and top DJ Surgeon is taking place at various venues across Harare.

The venues include the Book Café, The Mannenberg, Alliance Française, Zimbojam, King Pinn Main Stage, Marechera Theatre 6 and Vera Stage.

The festival covers a wide range of activities stretching from workshops, debates, conferences and performances by some of the country’s top socially active spoken word and hip-hop artists.

According to a statement from Shoko, the involvement of label owner, social entrepreneur and award winner Akala is a most welcome advantage as local artists get exposed to world-class performances.

“Label owner, social entrepreneur and award-winning rapper Akala is one of the most dynamic and literate talents in the UK,” said festival oarganisers.

“His unique fusion of rap, rock and electro-punk with fierce lyrical storytelling is majestically displayed on his third convention-defying album DoubleThink. Akala has a sound reputation for his stellar live shows having headlined five UK festivals and toured Europe with Jay-Z, Nas, Damian Marley, Christina Aguilera and made numerous other festival appearances.

Akala has also performed at venues around the world and is the first rapper to perform a live concert ever, in Vietnam.

Also involved in the festival are artists that include Florian Gaag from Germany, Hired Gun (US), Tumi and The Volume from South Africa and Botswana’s 03 Drea.