AFRO-JAZZ artiste Hope Masike is in Norway for a tour with Norwegian group, Monoswezi, which starts today.
Report by Tatenda Kunaka Own correspondent
The tour is dubbed “The Village Tour” and aimed at promoting a new album by Monoswezi on which Masike features.
Speaking to NewsDay before her departure, Masike said she was looking forward to the tour.
“I will be embarking on an album launch tour in Norway with Monosweni starting on the 19th (of January, today). We will perform in four cities namely Bergen, Trondheim, Fredrikstad and Olso,” said Masike.
The album was recorded in 2011 and it is set to be released on January 28.
Masike said the album is special as it comprises musicians from different cultures.
“The collaborative energy on this album is special with four different music cultures coming together and naturally melting into one fine sound. I am going to make sure that the album will be available here.”
Even though the album has not been released, it has been reviewed on BBC’s Strand and World of Music and CNN.
Monoswezi is a collaborative outfit comprising artistes from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe.
In the band, Masike demonstrates her outstanding mbira-playing skills, plays percussion and sings her original compositions.
Scandinavian jazz has given mbira a new and fresh character.
Masike has two albums to date which are Hope released in 2009 and Mbira, Love and Chocolate (2012).
She is known for her expertise in playing mbira and a captivating lead voice. Her music ventures have led to tours and collaborations with international artistes.