Book Café celebrates Carnival time

THE Book Café in Harare will be celebrating the Zimbabwe International Carnival  with a week of events dubbed Carnival Time starting today.

Report by Melissa Mpofu

A lively pre-Carnival party will be held at the venue tonight featuring a colourful array of performing arts from 8pm. The show will be an appetiser for the first-ever Zimbabwe International Carnival which takes place from May 21 to 26 under the theme Celebrating Our Diversity.

In the true spirit of carnival, tonight’s party will overflow with music, fun and laughter led by Zimbabwe’s Nama award-winning comedian Carl Joshua Ncube as host. There will be music performances by Afro-R&B singer Patience Musa, Charles Summerfield, both backed by the band Cynergy led by gifted musician and producer Bernie Bismark.

The lineup also includes new performers from Book Café’s famous Monday Open Mic nights that include  electric chidandari-player Blessing Mupete, a unique guitar performance from Shavieri, a mbira mix by ‘Mbiravolution’ — with Hector Mugani (mbira), Shannon Nyami (visual interpretation) and So Profound (poetry). There would also be a one-man play This and That starring Everson Ndlovu.

Penny Yon of Book Café said the evening performances would be diverse.
“This fun-filled evening has something for everyone, an ever-changing kaleidoscope of Zimbabwean colours not to be missed,” said Yon.

The Carnival Week will continue to unroll at the Samora Machel venue with a cultural extravaganza featuring reggae, jazz, discussions and urban soul, reaching a climax on May 26 with artists from Ghana, Switzerland, Niger and South Africa converging for a rare Sunday concert.

Meanwhile, a gospel show will be held at the Glamis Arena in Harare today as part of the build-up to the Zimbabwe International Carnival. The event will feature gospel musicians such as South Africa’s Benjamin Dube, Pastor Charles and Olivia Charamba, Fungisai Mashavave, ZCC Mbungo, Celebration Choir, Zimpraise, Anglican Choir, Salvation Choir and Blessing Manyangadze among others.

ZTA spokesperson Sugar Chagonda said the gospel show was being held to celebrate the diversity of Zimbabweans.

“In line with the inaugural carnival theme, the gospel show is being held to celebrate our diversity as Zimbabweans. Zimbabweans are a peace-loving people hence the gospel show,” he said.

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