NESBITT Castle in Bulawayo will on Saturday host the “Open Mic Night at the Dragons Den” which is expected to promote artistes by offering them an opportunity to perform music and poetry live on stage.
BY SHARON SIBINDI
Event organiser Nigel Muzi (pictured) told Southern Eye Life & Style that the session is meant to help upcoming performers conquer stage fright.
“The whole idea is to promote talent, from music to poetry. This is meant to get people to come out and conquer their stage fright,” said Muzi, who is a founder member of the Jam Session band.
“This is meant to promote talent around Bulawayo. I realised there were a lot of people that were not as fortunate as us to be able to perform in public and get an audience. It goes a long way when you actually get to perform in front of people. So I started the open mic nights.”
He said the main beneficiaries are students from the Zimbabwe Academy of Music.
“We plan on taking it to other local restaurants all over Bulawayo so as to create a platform free and fun for all music, arts lovers to be able to express themselves and grow. Members of the Jam Session Band facilitate the back ground music,” Muzi said.
“Then we also have other upcoming local musicians, musical students and members of the public coming as well who get exposure and recognition.”
He said after every open mic session, members of the public would be free to make donations, which would to the performers.
“We hope it serves as an incentive or motivation for them to be more confident in perusing their dreams,” Muzi said.
The first open mic session was held in Bulawayo in April this year and the programme has attracted people’s interest.