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Zim artistes invade Tanzania

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FOUR Zimbabwean musicians have left the country for Tanzania for the Sautiza Busara Festival which started yesterday in Zanzibar.

Report by Silence Charumbira

Cde Fatso (Farai Monro), comic dancer David Machowa aka Apama, high-flying Mokoomba and Ammara Brown will perform at the festival.

Apama and Mokoomba left the country on Wednesday while Cde Fatso and Brown departed yesterday.

Cde Fatso and Brown will have a joint performance while Mokoomba features at two concerts of the festival. Apama is expected to stage three performances beginning today.

Speaking before his departure, Apama told NewsDay he was ready to conquer Zanzibar with his solo act.

He will be performing on foreign land for the first time after tragedy struck his Mozambican tour last year when an accident claimed two of his dancers.

“I have been practising new dances and I promise a worthwhile and explosive performance” Apama said.

“I would have wanted to go by air, but I am one person who loves exploring, hence travelling by road is my option as it is also way cheaper.”

Mokoomba manager Marcus Gora said preparations for the trip had gone well.

“Mokoomba is one of the headline acts at the Sautiza Busara Festival in Zanzibar where they will perform at two concerts at the festival,” said Gora.

“As you might know, Mokoomba is well on its way to becoming the most exciting, young pan-African, live band and it is an honour to get a chance to perform there.”

Gora paid tribute to the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe for the support that they extended to the group.

He said the invitation to perform at the festival was continuation of the success that Mokoomba enjoyed in 2012.

Cde Fatso said he was looking forward to the festival and promised to give the very best with his group Chabvondoka.

Sautiza Busara is the biggest festival in East Africa and is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the current edition.

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