The Rastafarian community will on Sunday come together in a cultural family celebration of their Empress Menen Day at Kebab Centre.
Sistrens of Rastafarai, a group of female Rastafarian musicians, will perform.
The show will be dedicated to celebrating the life of the late Empress Menen Asfaw, who was the famous wife and consort of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia and was significantly active in promoting issues affecting women.
“This is going to be the first-ever collective celebration where Rastafarian women will get together in honour of Empress Menen in Zimbabwe,” said Rastafarian elder Trevor “Ras Jabu” Hall, one of the organisers of the event.
He said the event would see performances by women from various Rastafarian sects (known as theocratic orders) like the Nyabhingi, 12 Tribes of Israel, Boboshanti, Rastafarian Association of Zimbabwe and various individual sisters.
Hall said people could expect a fun-filled celebration with a special performance by the Drums of Nyabhingi and poetry from Rastafarian and non-Rastafarian poets.
“Besides being a Rastafarian event, the celebration will also be for those from different cultures and beliefs that have the heart of doing good and maintaining the consciousness of peace, love and unity,” he said.
Hall said since it would be a Rastafarian event reggae music would dominate and Redemption Sound System will lead the programme.
Some of the country’s most celebrated local reggae female artistes set to perform at the event include Lady Thunder, Sister Sunshine and Sister Thelma with the support of other male artistes like Ras Brian and Hall himself.
He said they would also host a talent show for children on the same day where the winners would be awarded small prizes for showcasing whatever form of talent they have.
“The sisters have come together and formed a full body that will be actively organising and performing in various events,” said Hall.