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Jazz festival roars to life


THE artistic jamboree at October International Jazz and Music Festival starts tonight with local, regional and international artistes set to perform and exchange notes during the five-day carnival.

Report by Simbarashe Manhango Own Correspondent

NewsDay sister paper, The Standard, is teaming up with the Embassy of Italy in partnership with Pamberi Trust and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe to co-host the event.

The festival has everything for everyone from music, poetry, theatre, film and fine art as well as workshops.

Each year the fiesta brings together many families and provides a treat of diverse visual and performing arts.

The night will open with the screening of a film titled The Miles David Story at Book Café, Harare, followed by collaboration between Victor Kunonga and Bheki Khoza from South Africa.

Tomorrow, Tumbuka Dance group will square up with Artemis Danza from Italy at the Celebration Centre.

On the same night young and talented South African Afro-pop star Ntando Bangani will share notes with Alexio Kawara at Book Café.

Ntando has been thrilling SA audiences for years and created an international storm with his smash hit Dali Wami.

On Thursday jazz songstress Prudence Katombeni-Mbofana together with Hope Masike will share the stage and collaborate with the Italian jazz outfit Down Time Quintet.

Tumi and the Volume from South Africa will bring a blend of poetry and hip-hop, accompanied by mbira songstress, Chiwoniso Maraire at Book Café, on Friday.

Saturday will see a four-hour jazz showcase by established and emerging artists, including Jazz Invitation, Dudu Manhenga&Colour Blu, Pablo Nakapa, Josh Meck, Sunsets, Jazz Regiment and Richie Lopes, among other artistes at Book Café.

Later on that same day, Alexio Kawara, supported by Willis Wataffi, will collaborate with South Africa’s Ntando at the Book Café.

The closing night on Sunday will be a jazz affair featuring Down Time Quintet, collaborating with local outfit, Blaqberry Jazz.

Pamberi Trust Arts manager, Penni Yon said they expected the event to exceed last year’s edition considering the line-up of artistes in this féte.

“There is a lot of emerging talent and new jazz ensembles coming up with creative works in the country and we are just giving a platform to all these artists to collaborate on one stage,” said Yon.

“Our objective is to celebrate all the facets of jazz by giving artistes a collaborative podium, where they can mix and interchange ideas.

“We expect the festival to be full of activities and we have also put in place workshops throughout to support edutainment beneficial to the artistes and all those interested in debates.” The Italian Club and Mega 2 will also host some shows as part of the festival.

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