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Winter Jazz Festival opening tonight

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Harare tonight explodes with the official opening of the 13th edition of the Winter Jazz Festival at Jazz 105.

Josh Hozheri, director of the festival said all preparations had gone well and all musicians were raring to go.

“We had our last meeting on Tuesday and I must say I am happy with the quality that we are showcasing tonight,” Hozheri said.

“We have debutants, Ammara Brown and Que Montana who I am sure will keep everyone on their toes. Brown will fill in the space that her father used to occupy of course, but I am excited about her performance and of course Que Montana is new to many jazz lovers since he has not been in the mainstream.”

Que Montana is an exquisite bassist, who late last year made ripples on the South African market where he is now based.

He has played for various artists locally and performs mostly at corporate functions for various organisations and embassies.

Hozheri said Max Vidima, the Cape Town-based Zimbabwean headlining this year’s edition of the festival, would jet at 12:20pm today.

The festival will be officially opened by jazz enthusiast Austin Zvoma, the Clerk of Parliament.
Tonight’s act is made special for Brown as she will perform alongside some of the most experienced jazz musicians from the Mbare Trio, Summer Breeze and Jazz Invitation.

Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, who is not new on the platform, comes with a different dimension as she explores her solo act.

The festival runs until July 30 with the closing ceremony planned to be “a jam session” for various artists to explore new skills and learn from the established ones.

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