Three-day festival set for Mutare

HARARE - Zimbabwean music legend Oliver Mtukudzi, sungura kingpin Alick Macheso and dendera star Suluman Chimbetu will headline the three-day Mutare festival set for the eastern border town next month.

The festival, which will run from May 17 to 19 at popular Mutare entertainment joint Pick n Save, will also feature Mutare native Hosiah Chipanga, gospel greats Charles and Olivia Charamba, Peter Moyo, Leonard Zhakata, Sniper Storm, Jah Prayzah, Blessing Shumba, Mathias Mhere and Sebastian Magacha.

Award-winning music promoter Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions who is bankrolling the three-day event has lined up music performances and a football match between football legends and musicians.

Chimbodza told the Daily News yesterday that he has already struck binding agreements with the musicians set to participate in the three-day fiesta.

“As you are aware that musicians are always booked so I booked them all for three days in order to make the event a success,” said the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) winner.

On May 17, the cream of Zimbabwe’s sungura musicians will share the stage at Pick n Save with the match between football legends and musicians taking place the following day at Sakubva Stadium.

The Mutare Festival organisers have arranged a gig involving the likes of Sniper Storm and Jah Prayzah at Pick n Save on May 18.

The last day of the Mutare festival will be dedicated to gospel musicians.

Celebrated gospel music couple Charles and Olivia will be the stars of the segment that will also feature Mutare-based Blessing Shumba, gospel musician of the moment Mathias Mhere and Sebastian Magacha.

Chimbodza says plans are already on the drawing board to stage another football match between musicians and football legends in Bulawayo at a date still to be decided.

“The idea is to decentralise entertainment,” he said.

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