SA-based Zim songbird for Hifa

SOUTH Africa-based Afro-fusion vocalist Mae Sithole is expected to perform at this year’s edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) scheduled for May 1 to 6 as part of her homeland tour titled Connecting Africa through Music.

BY ANESU MUSHAWATU

The tour, which is courtesy of South African live music project, Concerts SA, will see the Pan Africanist singer and songwriter perform with her Cape Town-based band at Alliance Française and at Hifa.

The songbird said she felt honoured to perform at the prestigious event after so many years.

“It means a lot to me to be able to travel with our band to my hometown for this exciting festival which is one of the many treasures of Zimbabwe,” she said in a statement.

“(It) feels like a full circle for me, especially because it is a chance to share the stage with my friends and band members who bring so much life, colour and charisma to our performances.”

Meanwhile, ZB Financial Holdings head of group marketing and corporate communications, Emilliah Mabika, yesterday pledged the bank’s support for the festival ahead of its ZB Bank Day to be held on May 4.

“We as ZB financial group are proud to be associated with the festival which promotes arts and culture in Zimbabwe and over and above the bank’s sponsorship to the festival,” she said.

Other artistes scheduled to perform at this year’s edition include South Africa’s Freshly Ground and Nqoba Ngcobo, Kavin Jay from Malaysia, Salvado from Uganda and Vabati VaJehovha.

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