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Sisters Open Mic enhances female talent

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SATURDAY marked yet another edition of the monthly Sisters Open Mic, a show organised by Pamberi Trust under its Female Literary Arts and Music Enterprises (Flame) projects which helps female musicians, dancers and poets in carving their niche in the arts sector.

BY KENNEDY NYAVAYA

Although only two poets and one dancer partook in the event, the musicians gave the fair crowd in attendance a run for their money with well-polished acts.

In an interview with NewsDay after the event, the trust’s Gender Project officer Batsirai Chigama described the slot as a space for liaison between female artistes to help in exposing them to the main arts scene.

“This is an objective interactive space for artistes to embrace each other as well as a platform for new artistes to boost their confidence and enhance networking,” said Chigama.

She implored upcoming female artistes to take advantage of the initiative to empower themselves making use of the free instruments which are provided.
College of Music’s band of the moment “The Nameless” did not disappoint as the last act as they play old and new hits by local and regional artistes in a performance that had half the audience on its feet.

The nine-member group left the crowd begging for more even after playing for more than an hour and in most instances repeating tracks by public demand.
Speaking after the performance, band leader Nicholar Mutuwa said the platform they have been given was important in empowering women who have been appreciated for the voice only not ability to play instruments.

“It has been a norm that men play instruments while women just come to sing but this (Sisters Open Mic) has provided a different narrative by releasing the potential in the women and showing that they too are capable,” she said.

The Sisters Open Mic project was initiated in 2007 supported by the Culture Fund and to date has helped boost talented musicians including Tariro NeGitare, Edith Weutonga, Eve Kawadza and many more.

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