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Korean ensembles storm Zim

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LOVERS of exotic art are in for a treat at the Korean Culture Week in Zimbabwe set to be headlined by two ensembles from the Asian country.

BY PRECIOUS CHIDA

The two outfits — Dasrum and Artfield — specialise in Korean classical music and dance respectively and will serenade locals at Reps Theatre in Harare from September 25 to October 3.

Dasrum will get the fiesta going as they rub shoulders on stage with mbira maestro, Hope Masike, in a fusion of Korean and Zimbabwean traditional instruments.

Apart from playing Korean traditional music, the group will also present their interpretation of Jah Prayzah’s popular song, Mdara Vachauya.

Event organisers said they decided to bring in all-female groups as a refreshing change, as they had only been bringing male performers for cultural events.

The deputy chief of the Korean Embassy in Zimbabwe, Sangil Kim, said Artfield will host a workshop on September 27 in collaboration with Afrikera Arts Trust of Zimbabwe and Music Crossroads.

He said the all-day training workshop at Meikles House was “part and parcel of the cultural exchange that is at the core of the Korean Festival in Zimbabwe”.

Kim said the festival is meant to build a common relationship with Zimbabwe.

“The Korean festival in Zimbabwe and all ensuing activities present a good opportunity to deepen cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Zimbabwe and the republic of Korea,” he said.

“The two groups will be visiting the majestic places in Zimbabwe which we are also hoping that it will boost Zimbabwe’s tourism.”

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