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Music World Cup headed for Zimbabwe?

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ZIMBABWE could in 2015 hold the first–ever Music World Cup.

Silence Charumbira

This comes after South Africa– based Zimbabwean musician Que Montana’s creation of the Musicians Worldwide Forum (Muwofo) which intends to hold a world music festival.

Que Montana told NewsDay preparations for the Muwofo World Cup had already begun with indications that the event could be headed for Zimbabwe.

Muwofo is a group of 165 member countries represented by a committee in each country that seeks to unite musicians from all over the world.

According to Que Montana, Muwofo is run by a committee from representative countries who are responsible for co-ordinating the activities.

“When I thought of the idea I shared it with other musicians from different parts of the world and they liked it,” said Que Montana.

“Since 2009 we have been having our meetings online discussing issues and networking. We came up with an international committee which is reshuffled every four years,” Montana said.

He said the forum had been an open platform for musicians to network and discuss issues affecting them in their countries and globally.

“Muwofo has been quite instrumental as well in educating its members about the music business, music education, music law as well as creating opportunities for artistes who are finding it hard to get a breakthrough,” he said.

“2015 will see Muwofo launching its first ever music festival which will run concurrently with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals of the Muwofo World Cup.

“The theme of the music festival will be Celebrating Diversity, Celebrating Music and with that we want to celebrate and appreciate the different cultures.”
Que Montana, who represents Zimbabwe and Africa in the board – said part of his task was to also market the continent as the best place to launch this wonderful event.

He said he was delighted when Zimbabwe and South Africa were voted into the top 10 of potential hosts.

“Now all that is left is to have meetings with various relevant boards and government ministries as well as the corporate world that would be interested in making sure the event would be a success if hosted in Zimbabwe or South Africa,” he said.

Some of the members include Lokua Kanza (France) Ariane Cap (USA), Yvonne Musasaki Mwale (Zambia), Bruno Migliari (Brazil), Vieux Farka Toure, Ringo Madlingozi (South Africa), and Angiolo Tarocchi (Italy), among others.

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