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Shoko Festival organisers finally pay artistes

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ORGANISERS of the annual Shoko Festival have finally paid outstanding performance fees to local artistes, who participated at this year’s edition.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

Festival director Samm Farai Monro yesterday said they have managed to pay all the artistes.

“We had delays with some sponsorship arriving late, but the hundreds of artistes who graced stages at this year’s festival have now all been fully paid,” he said.

Monro said the festival was an initiative “by artistes for artistes” so they appreciated the diligence of all those who participated at this year’s edition.

The festival’s spokesperson, Tafadzwa Sharaunga said this year’s edition recorded the highest turnout of over 9 000 people.

He said plans were underway to establish artistes’ panels where their views would be incorporated into future editions of the festival.

“The goal of the artistes’ panels is to improve the working experience with our artistes for the following editions of Shoko Festival. We appreciate and thank all the artistes who performed this year,” Sharaunga said.

The fifth edition of the festival was held from September 24 to 26 under the theme Hear Your City at the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences and the Chitungwiza Community Hall at Unit L, Seke.

It featured acts including comedians Tol A$$ Mo, Deep Fried Man and Doc Vikela and musicians Blak Twang from United Kingdom, Symbiz from Germany and Trae Yung.

The festival is an initiative of Magamba Network and is supported by the Embassy of Sweden, Danida, the European Union and Culture Fund as well as the British Council and Free Press Unlimited.

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