Masike to perform at Gallery Delta

Mbira songstress Hope Masike will tonight perform at Gallery Delta in a show dubbed, “Be Still: The Concert”.

In an interview with NewsDay Masike, who spent the better part of last year in Norway, said the first part of the show will feature her solo performance while she will perform alongside her band, Kakuwe, during the second part.

Her band will be coming with a new taste of music following the introduction of a saxophonist.

Fans attending the show will also get a chance to sample some of the songs on Masike’s upcoming album which is expected in April.

“I spent almost a year in Norway and after coming back, I discovered that a lot of things had changed. I need time to be calm and try to catch up. This phrase (be still) calms me down. It’s a comforting phrase that makes me clear my mind whenever I feel troubled,” she said.

Masike also said that she will be performing gospel songs during the concert.

This, she said, was an attempt to demystify the notion among some members of the community that the mbira is associated with demonic or evil acts.

She said: “For some strange reason, people think the mbira is demonic, but it is an instrument which can even be used in playing worship songs. So this show will be a way of proving that point.”

Masike launched her first album in 2009 at Gallery Delta.

Gallery Delta assistant director, Gina Maxin, confirmed the show.

“The show is confirmed and it’s like Hope is coming back to her home.

“She launched her career here and has performed in some of our exhibitions. It’s going to be a show of a lifetime and the fans should expect something really wonderful,” she said.

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