Alpha Media Holdings’ (AMH), popular weekly, The Standard, is the official media partner for the third edition of the October International Jazz and World Music Festival 2012 that will run from 17 to 21 October.
Report by Cecilia Kamuputa, Content Producer
Besides The Standard, AMH publishes the leading business weekly, the Zimbabwe Independent, and the daily, NewsDay.
The highly rated festival is being supported the Embassy of Italy in conjunction with National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and Pamberi Trust. The anticiapted soothing sounds of jazz will breathe life in several venues across Harare.
At the Book Café, on October 18, the velvet voiced modern princess of Mbira, Hope Masike will join forces with the queen of jazz, Prudence Katomene Mbofana and Italian DownTime Quintet.
On 19 October, the shining star of song, Chiwoniso Maraire will share the stage with South African Jazz/Hip Hop outfit Tumi and the Volume .Emerging talent Ammara Brown will stage at the Celebration Center on the same day with the able help of Masike, Rute Mbangwa, Patience Musa, Down Time Quintet and Cynergy.
In a four hour long concert dubbed “Jazz Showcase” on the 20th of October, dynamic singer/songwriter Dudu Manhenga and the Color Blu will share the stage with Pablo Nakkapa, Josh Meck, Sunsets, Jazz Regiments and more.
Zimbabwean male voices will be represented by Willis Wataffi, Alexio Kawara, John Pfumojena, Josh Meck and Afro Jazz star Victor Kunonga.
Jetting into Zimbabwe to be part of the festival will be South Africa’s virtuoso maskanda/jazz guitar maestro, Bheki Khoza, Tumi and the Volume, Italy’s Down Time Quintet, dance company Artemis Danza and the Giovanni Falzone Quintet.
Jazz has a fascinating history in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has had a profound influence on “African jazz” with such luminaries as Dorothy Masuka, The Cool Crooners, saxophonists Simangaliso Tutani and Albert Musarurwa, trumpeter Paul Lunga, pianists Chris Chabuka, guitarists Robert Moore, Louis Mhlanga and David Ndoro and drummer Jethro Shasha, who were the jazz heroes of the struggles of that time, who reached audiences beyond our borders.