Jazz Music Festival 2012 kicks off

HARARE - Pamberi Trust’s International Jazz and World Music Festival 2012 kicks off tomorrow at Harare’s Book Cafe with a screening at 6pm of the film The Miles Davies Story described in jazz circles as one of the greatest jazz documentaries.

The Miles Davies Story is the definitive story revealing legendary Miles Davis, trumpeter, innovator, jazz composer and free thinker with rare footage and interviews.

In the evening, Zimbabweans will witness an opening concert featuring Bheki Khoza from South Africa in collaboration with Victor Kunonga and Peace, supported by Bulawayo’s Kwela Kings.

On Thursday at 5.30pm there will be a public discussion under the banner “Cultural Encounters” with Ntando Bangani and Tumi Molekani both from South Africa.

Thursday evening also sees Prudence Katomeni and Hope Masike introducing Down Time Quintet from Italy.

On Friday at 9pm the Book Cafe roars to the sounds of Chiwoniso Maraire in collaboration with Tumi and The Volume from South Africa supported by Netsayi and the Zimbabwe Electro-Acoustic Supply Authority.

Saturday afternoon, from 3 to 7pm it is the Jazz Showcase, four hours of great jazz from established and emerging artistes, including Jazz Invitation, Dudu Manhenga and Colour Blu, Pablo Nakkapa, Blaqberry Jazz, Josh Meck, Sunsets, Jazz Regiment, Tich Malkalisa and Origami, Richie Loes and several others.

In the evening of Saturday, a classic concert comprising South Africa’s Ntando in collaboration with Alexio Kawara supported by Willis Wataffi explodes.


Bheki Khoza (SA) in concert with Victor Kunonga.

South Africa’s virtuoso maskanda/jazz guitar maestro, the revered Bheki Khoza, takes the stage in this ground-breaking jazz/world music collaboration with one of Zimbabwe’s top mbira-influenced artistes, the one and only Victor Kunonga.

The two have worked hard to build the fusion that rocked Harare once in June 2012, an amazing meeting of the mbira-derived patterns of Kunonga, and the maskanda Zulu tradition and its jazz interpretations by Bheki Khoza. (Wednesday October 17 — 8pm)

Chiwoniso Maraire and Tumi and the Volume (SA)

Zimbabwe’s acclaimed mbira vocalist and player Chiwoniso Maraire will be in a stunning stage collaboration with South Africa’s internationally renowned jazz/hip-hop trailblazers, the fabulous Tumi and the Volume, a vivid and exciting collaboration that kicked off to standing ovation at Rwanda’s Kigali Up Festival in July.

The show opens with Zimbabwe’s critically acclaimed innovators of mbira and world music, Netsai Chigwendere and the Zimbabwe
Electro-Acoustic Supply Authority. (Friday, October 19 — 9pm)

Ntando BanganiI (SA) in concert with Alexio Kawara.

A Zimbabwean debut for the immense South African singer/songwriter and recording star Ntando who created an international storm with his smash hit Dali Wami.

His debut album sold a million copies and three more have kept him high on the South African charts.

Multi-award winning Ntando, who has headlined at South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival, collaborates live on stage with Zimbabwe’s own massive talent and fast rising star Alexio Kawara. (Saturday, October 20)

Prudence Katomeni and Hope Masike (with Down time Quintet, Italy)

Darling of the jazz stage Prudence Katomeni, flitting in and out of the jazz circuit over many years has been regarded by more than a few as one of if not the greatest jazz singer Zimbabwe has produced in the current era.

 She never fails to delight with her amazing vocal range, extraordinary poise and power, and memorable performances.

Catch her while you can! Modern mbira princess Hope Masike has returned to Zimbabwe after travelling and studying in Norway, and brings with her an exhilarating multi-influenced sound from which she creates exciting musical experiments, now with mbira crossing over into jazz.

Backed by Kakuwe, (the backing group formed during their Zimbabwe College of Music days,) she is popular and busy on the music scene, delighting fans and growing audiences.

Hope released her debut CD Hope in 2010, and her second CD Hope, Love and Chocolate in 2012, both of which have received good airplay on national radio.

She continues to tour widely. (Friday, October 19 — 8pm)

Jazz Invitation, Dudu and Colour Blu, Pablo Nakkapa, Blaqberry Jazz, Josh Meck, Sunsets, Jazz regiment, Tich Makalisa and origami, Richie Lopes

A cross section of Zimbabwe’s finest jazz exponents all in one afternoon, including Dudu, dynamic Zimbabwean singer/songwriter whose style is influenced by the great African jazz singers.

Widely travelled in the region with inroads into Europe since 2010.

Dudu’s music has been accurately described as “an afro jazz adventure” — a fusion of genres: afro, contemporary, Zimbabwe
traditional, township, jazz, afro, Latino, and a cultural cross-breed of Zimbabwe’s Manica, Mashona and Matabele rhythms and melodies, with sizzling stage charisma.

Dudu has completed two tours of Italy, including a performance for the Pope watched by millions in 2012, when she represented Zimbabwe with grace and received a special award from the Pope. (Saturday, October 20 — 3pm) - Entertainment Writers

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