Rhumba night launched in Byo

BULAWAYO - Amakhosi Cultural Centre has turned over a new leaf to their artistic menu with rhumba music concerts now officially lined up for every Friday — good news to rhumba music enthusiasts in Bulawayo.

Dubbed Amakhosi Friday Rhumba Night was officially launched last week at the institution and will be running on Fridays from 6pm to 10pm at the institution’s main auditorium section.

The launch of this new music project comes after the arts centre failed to make the much touted Amakhosi Jazz Series possible.

The jazz music series which was also meant to give a new lease of life to the jazz fraternity in the second-largest city could not happen as was initially programmed due to a raft of glitches.

As it turns out, Amakhosi director Cont Mhlanga never easily runs out of ideas as he has switched of to another genre.

Designated to oversee the new project is the self-proclaimed Bulawayo based, Jackson Kasvesve who appears to be determined to steer the project ahead.

Speaking to the Daily News Kasvesve said they had been doing test runs to find out if the programme was feasible in as far as followership is concerned since the beginning of this month.

“This is the idea that Mhlanga came up with, as one of the musicians specialising in Bulawayo’s rhumba circles I thought it was a good idea,” said Kasvesve who leads Vibe Stars Musica.

“As a result since the beginning of this month we have been working on the project of which we have been staging the shows every Friday.

“We then decided to put posters around the city about the event and I am happy to say the past two weeks have been remarkable in terms of people coming to watch,” he said.

Mhlanga said his organisation was also working on encompassing a variety of artistic disciplines for the growth of the industry.

“As Amakhosi we want to develop every discipline in the arts industry by giving the artist an opportunity to showcase their stuff,” Mhlanga said.

He said of late they have been running the rhumba music showcases.

“As we are fast approaching the festive season, rhumba music lovers will certainly have something wonderful to look up to,” he added.

About the failed Jazz series project Mhlanga said: “Actually we have not abandoned the idea but we are waiting for local artist whom we are still engaging through their union.

“We have some disagreement over certain issues but we hope we will agree at a certain point, then we can proceed with our idea.”

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