Music Crossroads Academy host Fusion Africa Festival

MUSIC Crossroads Academy will be hosting the inaugural two-day festival dubbed Fusion Africa Festival starting tomorrow to Saturday at the Nzou Arts and Cultural Centre in Belgravia, Harare.


Speaking to NewsDay, Music Crossroads Zimbabwe director Melody Zambuko said the festival which is an international gathering of some of the best musicians from Southern and East Africa as well as Europe sought to encourage the creation and promotion of African music.

Orquesta Chungu band
Orquesta Chungu band

“This year’s edition of the festival will feature Orquésta Chungu, who have just finished touring Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. The group is named after the chungu, the traditional East-African clay cooking pot which is popular because it retains heat,” Zambuko said.

“With a star-studded international line-up comprising of Will Ramsay on saxophone from South Africa, Girum Mezmur and Abiy Woldemariam on guitar and keyboards from Ethiopia and Martin Lillich and Dietrich Woehrlin from Germany on bass and drums, the group will also invite local greats, Dudu Manhenga, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana and Blessing Muparutsa to join them for some sizzling performances.

“Orquésta Chungu will also share the stage with some of the finest musicians in Southern Africa including the Smooth Groovers from Malawi, Mozjazz from Mozambique as well as Lwazi Tshabangu, Edith WeUtonga, Brian Nanhanga, Lelo´Langa, Tibukandinga, and Kiati Africa.”

Zambuko said the festival is taking place within the framework of the Global Music Campus teacher training programme run by the Global Music Academy in Berlin in partnership with Music Crossroads.”

“The festival repertoire will reflect the history of the countries in participation, their current status and their ambitions and hopes for the future through music,”she said.

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