THE opening night of the 15th edition of Zimbabwe’s premier arts event, the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) marked the beginning of the extravaganza with a full house at the Telecel Main Stage on the night of April 29.
Directed by multiple American award winner Brooke Ciardelli, the opening set featured South African legendary music icon Steve Dyer, accomplished pianist Kyle Shepherd, and local artistes like superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Kirby Chipembere, Ammara Brown, Cynthia Mare and Adiona Maboreke, among others.
The week followed performances from South African musician Toya Delazy, Dobet Gnahoré from Ivory Coast, Jamaram, Netsayi and the Black Pressure, Cape Verdean singer Tcheka and DRC’s Black Bazar.
Hifa has grown to be one of the most vibrant festivals on the continent showcasing works in theatre, music, dance, fine art, and poetry. This year the festival ran under the theme ‘Switch On’.
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