Sistaz Open Mic explodes today

HARARE - All manner of women artists will invade the Book Café this afternoon to take part in the Sistaz Open Mic concert that takes place every second Saturday of the month.

The Sistaz Open Mic is a platform for women artists from all disciplines to come and freely express themselves in the safety of daytime.

The event features dance, poetry, theatre, music, comedy and many other genres.

This afternoon’s event will be graced by guest musician Clare Nyakujara who will be backed by The Other Four.

Clare, a regular Sistaz Open Mic performer who has since become a seasoned musician, is an inspirational musician for young upcoming artists who throng the event.

Fresh from Intwasa Arts Festival where she featured in the group Three Generations, Clare is expected to serve another memorable serving from her three albums to date.

Also appearing at the Sistaz Open Mic is guest poet, Sista Zai who is currently based in Australia.

Sista Zai is a storyteller, performer and community arts worker with a passion for Africa and working with African women.

Sista Zai, who has performed at the Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne, founded the Stillwaters Storytelling Collective two years ago.

The initiative is a social enterprise that promotes and develops women’s storytelling among women of African descent.

Other confirmed performers this afternoon are Fortunate “Sister Flame” Matenga, Pierra Kel Rodgers, Maria Vera Chico and Kessia Masona.

The explosive Matenga, who is blessed with a booming voice, will be the concert’s closing act.

Kessia has featured on the Open Mic scene since 2009.

She recently released her debut album Gumbomutsvairo which is already enjoying airplay on several radio stations.

Under the theme, Sistaz Open Mic Summer Jam, this month celebrates the diversity of Zimbabwean art and calls on all women artists to make use of this available resource to improve their confidence on stage and to network with other women artists.

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