Dates for one of Zimbabwe’s leading annual urban culture fiestas, Shoko Festival, have been set from September 24 to 26 this year in what promises to be a bigger and relatively affordable fete since its inception.
BY KENNEDY NYAVAYA
The fifth edition will be held at the Harare Museum with the theme Hear Your City and South African rapper Cassper Nyovest and comedian Tol A$$ Mo are set to be part of the programme at the three-day show.
In an interview with NewsDay on the sidelines of a Press briefing yesterday, festival director Samm Monro said this year’s edition will be “explosive” as they have made great changes as a result of the audience panels and research they conducted.
“The audience panels and market surveys we conducted helped us in recognising our audience and knowing what they really want the festival to be like.
“We have made sure that our prices (for charged shows) are more affordable and I think we are likely to get more people as it will be an explosive festival with cutting-edge programming,” he said.
Monro also said they have maintained diversity to accommodate different local artistes as well as promote them in their craft hence it will be a treat for festival-goers.
“The theme Hear Your City is a call to Harare’s festival-goers to come and listen to and enjoy the many voices and sounds that reverberate in our great city,” he said.
This year’s edition has more artistes billed to perform as well as the traditional Peace in the Hood concert which will be hosted at Chitungwiza Community Hall grounds for free on Saturday.
Other headline acts include British rapper Black Twang, UK poet Deana Rodgers in addition to Zimbabwe’s Soul Jah Love, Junior Brown and Trae Young.