Maraire, Mashayamombe to share stage

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Mbira strongstress Chiwoniso Maraire and praise and worship singer Nyaradzo Mashayamombe will spice up an event to mark the end of Black History Month to be held at the United States Embassy on Wednesday.

US ambassador Charles Ray said at the occasion dubbed New Generation Event, American-born mbira songstress Maraire and Mashayamombe would provide entertainment while there will also be awards for top five winners of the student Black History Month essay contest.

Ray said it was very important to celebrate the Black History Month because Zimbabweans share similar experience with many other blacks across the world. When we celebrate Black History Month, we realise that people worldwide shared similar historical challenges in struggles for equality and dignity, said Ray.

Every year, particularly in February and March, a critical component of our engagement with the people of Zimbabwe is to collectively reflect on the economic, political and social achievements of those that came before us, so we strive to honour and build on those accomplishments.

A cappella gospel group called Amplified will open the event. That group of 20 singers is non-denominational and represents youth from across the socio-economic divide in Harare.

Contacted for comment Maraire said she felt honoured to participate in a world-recognised event and that she had been seen as a woman who inspired many in taking social responsibility.

I am humbled to participate in such a highly-recognised event and that they have see me as a lady who inspires many in taking social responsibility, said Maraire.

Mashayamombe said she will prove how she feels by putting up a polished performance at the show.

The only way I can show how I feel is to put a splendid performance at the show and I will make sure many will be inspired by my music, said Mashayamombe.