SOUTH AFRICA-BASED jazz musician and producer Louis Mhlanga will this weekend present Harare jazz lovers with a rare treat performing tomorrow and on Sunday at Misty’s in Newlands.
REPORT BY TINASHE SIBANDA
Bernie Bismark, the show organiser, said the celebrated Distant Lover singer would be seeking to present a special festive performance.
“We are happy to be having such a great Zimbabwean jazz artiste coming to perform for locals during this festive season and we are certain that jazz lovers will enjoy the rare treat,” he said.
Bismark said Mhlanga’s performance would be a rare treat for the festive season where people could relax and celebrate Unity Day and the rest of their weekend.
“Louis last came to perform in Zimbabwe a few years ago, between 2006 and 2007, so this will definitely be an exciting holiday treat for locals,” she said.
Mhlanga would be performing with other rising stars including Kelly Rusike, Simba Dembedza and Owen Chimuka.
The musician’s career began in the ’70s fronting various bands and has worked with local acts such as Shaka, Talking Drum, Ilanga, Mudzimu and Oliver Mtukudzi.
He then went to South Africa to pursue different opportunities in music which led to collaborations with various renowned artistes in that country such as Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri, Sipho Mabuse, Mlungisi Gegane, Jimmy Dhludhlu and Busi Mhlongo among others.
Although Mhlanga worked as a music producer for several record companies in Zimbabwe, his first recording was not recognised for a whole decade until BMG Records released it in South Africa in the early ’90s. In the new millennium, his international debut Shamwari took him to greater heights.
This album included the hit single Distant Lover used by local talk show host Rebecca Chisamba on her Mai Chisamba Show.