Drum festival set for Book Café

ALL is set for the drum festival to be held at the Book Café on Thursday night.
At least five drummers from different genres will participate at the event with some artistes coming as guests.Report by Tawanda Marwizi, Own Correspondent

Obert Gomba, Alick Macheso’s drummer, will headline the show together with Sulumani’s Calton Muparutsa, Chiwoniso Maraire’s Dennis Mushaishi and Ngoni Chikusi.

Speaking to NewsDay  yesterday, Obert Gomba said they decided to have the festival to show the importance of drummers in the music industry.

“It’s a way of portraying the importance of drummers in the music industry and it is because of limited resources we have that have limited our number,” Gomba said.

He said at the show they will have solo performances before they combine with other performers playing different instruments.

“We are happy that some of the guys are able to play other instruments, so after we have solo drum performances we are going to showcase our talents,” he said.

Gomba thanked all the people who assisted them in preparing for the event.

Musicians Macheso, Maraire and Roki will grace the event as guest artistes.

Muparutsa said the festival was a milestone in the music industry and will definitely open more opportunities for them.

“It’s healthy to have such joint shows and it is a milestone in the music industry. I am sure this festival will open doors for us and upcoming drummers,” Muparutsa said.

Musicians would soon engage National Arts Council to have a school that will train drummers in the country.

If successful, it would be another attempt to have have the music industry professionalised.

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