Masike, Prudence delight jazz audience

HARARE - Harare's leading entertainment joint Book Cafe successfully hosted October International Jazz and World Music festival which ran from October 17-21.

Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana and the rising mbira princess Hope Masike were among the local jazz musicians who had brought the house down on Thursday.

Katomeni-Mbofana proved beyond doubt that she has come to take local jazz to another level as she put up-flawless act before a fully-packed house.

She thrilled fans with songs such as Baba Bhoyi, a song written by the seasoned jazz diva Susan Mapfumo, Thomas Mapfumo’s hit Tondobayana before she took revellers down memory lane with her timeless track BP.

Her vocal range definitely will make her a cut above the rest.

After her polished act, Prudence passed the button to the slim mbira princess, Masike.

Masike performed traditional songs among them Chaminuka which left the white-dominated crowd asking for more.

She proved that she is an international artiste with her stunning performance.

Recently, Masike was in France telling the French how we do it here in Africa.

Later the Kakuwe front-lady was joined on stage by the Italian group the Down Time Quintet, jointly the two groups gave an impressive act.

Hope has two albums under her belt and these include her debut album entitled Hope in 2010 and her latest album Hope, Love and Chocolate released this year.

Both albums are doing well on the market and are receiving a fair share of airplay on local radio stations.

Some of the local artistes who took part in the October International Jazz and World Music festival include Victor Kunonga who performed on the opening day and he collaborated with the South African artiste Bheki Khoza.

Mbira queen Chiwoniso Maraire also performed on the event and she collaborated with another South African group Tumi and The Volume on Friday.

On Saturday it was a real jazz party as Jazz Invitation, Dudu Manhenga and Color Blu, Pablo Nakkapa, Blaqberry Jazz, Josh Meck, Sunsets with Ruth Mbangwa, Jazz Regiment, Tich Makalisa and Origami, Richie Lopes among others shared stage.

Later in the night, South African Ntando collaborated with Zimbabwe Afro-pop artiste Alexio Kawara supported by Willis Wataffi. - Vasco Chaya

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