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Celebrating female jazz stars


THE second edition of The Women in Jazz Festival kicks off at Jazz 105 tomorrow. The event will bring various female artistes together in a three-day féte that will also feature non-jazz guest artistes.

Report by Tinashe Sibanda

The inaugural edition of the festival took place last year under the banner “Ladies in Jazz” and was a great success. This year’s event will present a number of new artistes in addition to various combinations from renowned jazz divas.

The line-up will include gifted songbirds like Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Patience Musa, Ammara Brown, Plaxedes Wenyika, Adiona Maboreke-Chidzonga and Chiwoniso Maraire. Other talents performing include Rute Mbangwa, Cindy Munyavi, Selmor Mtukudzi and Sandra Ndebele.

Upcoming female artistes will include Jean Masters, the daughter to the late Joe Masters who has been on a rising tide since her debut last year and Sandra Mashiringo aka Queen Mashie, the late Andy Brown’s Kenya-based sister.

Former Jabavu Drive lead vocalist, Pamela Zulu and the youthful combination of Massy and Pauline are other upcoming artistes set to perform at the festival.

“I am proud to support gender equality in music and the arts in general as women seem not be given significant roles in the development of music,” said Jazz 105 director, Josh Hozheri.

He said his aim was to enhance self-confidence and interaction among female artistes through collaborations, which have proven successful at many events. Hozheri said this year’s event would come with vast improvement owing to the experience that they had gathered over the years from running exclusive jazz festivals.

“One of our main goals that we have maintained since we opened the venue is to support rising talent. We have successfully done so as evidenced by the many artistes who come to perform at Jazz 105 more than three days per week,” he added.

Hozheri said this year they were also proud to partner actress and musician Eyahra Mathazia who will take the opportunity to celebrate womanhood with the launch of her beauty range Eyahra Beauty Workshop (EBW).

EBW is a premium brand formulated for African climate and skin that fosters natural beauty, health and wellness.

The catalogue of products stretches from facial creams, perfumes, hypo-allergenic care range like facial creams and scrubs, pregnancy belly range and anti-ageing creams.

The Women in Jazz Festival this year falls within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.

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