Masike takes audience on mbira journey

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MBIRA princess Hope Masike is expected to take audiences on a journey through her music career at a concert to be held at Harare International School theatre on Saturday.

Cecilia Kamuputa

The concert will be an assortment of theatrical stints, contemporary and traditional dances, poetry and music.

Masike directs the musical that was choreographed by Farai Kuzvidza with stage designs done by Tevor Mudzonga.

Famous guitarist Clive “Mono” Mukundu will feature as a guest artiste.

The concert would be the first in a series of similar events to be held this month under the banner The Princess of Mbira.

“Through this concert, I want to take my fans through a journey of, not just Mbira, but African traditional music — then and now — educating them about all things beautiful about the rich African music heritage,” Masike said.

“Princesses are refined and graceful with beauty in movement.
“They have tasteful opulence in form, decoration, presentation, restraint and grace of style. I would like to bring all this in a well-crafted mbira concert.”

The concert exhibits the experience of an artiste who has joined many others in the custodianship of the mbira music legacy, entertaining local and international music fans.

Masike released her debut album titled Hope in 2009.
Over the years, she has established herself as an accomplished mbira player, vocalist and composer.

Her musical ventures have led her to tours and collaborations of note.

She has performed at Harare International Festival of Arts and Chimanimani Arts Festival in Zimbabwe, Exit Festival in Serbia and Umoja Cultural Flying Carpet in Mozambique and South Africa.

She has also been to Ubuntu festival in The Netherlands, Stoppested Verden in Norway, Festival des Vents in France, Africarjac in France, Mela Festival in Norway and many other venues.

She has graced numerous cooperate functions and national functions in Zimbabwe.

Hope was based in Norway last year, bringing to the audience her tasty modern sound of mbira with her solo, acoustic acts.

She also collaborated with numerous artistes from other countries.
The artistes include Norwegian composer and pianist Anniken Paulsen, Kora player from Senegal Ibou Cissokho, Mozambican dancer Sheila Massungue and Kenyan acrobat Antony Maina.

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