Macheso, Mokoomba to grace Oct Music Fest

HARARE - World-class Victoria Falls band Mokoomba and sungura king Alick Macheso lead a glittering array of local music stars that have been roped in to participate in the week-long October World Music Festival that began in Harare last Friday.

Mokoomba, who will perform on Friday, are an award-winning afro-fusion group from the great Zambezi Valley.

They blazed their way into the hearts of Harare audiences before going onwards to conquer stages in Europe and all over the world.

The Victoria Falls group’s tight, professional delivery and exciting blend of African rhythms has won them admirers at home and on the international front.

Mokoomba join the festival after a successful tour of Europe, North Africa, Kenya, Malawi, South Korea and Reunion Island.

Macheso and his highly-talented Orchestra Mberikwazvo will be making their October World Music Festival debut on Thursday at the Book Cafe.

It will be Macheso’s first show at the Book Café.

The multi-talented Zimbabwean sungura music legend, singer, songwriter guitarist, dancer and choreographer has been bringing thousands of Zimbabweans to their feet with his impressive bass guitar skills and lively performance brimming with “Cheso-power.”

One of Zimbabwe’s fastest rising stars Victor Kunonga has been allocated a slot on Saturday, the last day of the festival.

Zimbabwe’s peace ambassador is an extraordinary artiste who continues to wow fans with his stunning stage performance, music and lyrical genius.  

Kunonga is a rich contributor to Zimbabwean music and consistently impresses fans with his fascinating blend of mbira-derived guitar rhythms.

He has released four albums, all to critical acclaim, and is also hailed as one of Zimbabwe’s foremost performers and advocates of the mbira.

The other Zimbabwean musicians who will perform in this year’s edition of October World Music Festival include:

Hope Masike

Masike is a modern, highly-acclaimed mbira player, singer and songwriter who has performed widely all over the world as a solo artiste and in collaboration with other artistes.

She has produced two albums to date, and won the National Arts Merit Award ( Nama) for Outstanding Female Artist 2012.

Her performance at Hifa 2013 — a riveting regional collaboration with acclaimed South African pianist, Bokani Dyer and Mozambican saxophonist, Muzila Malembe — won her a lot of admirers.

Masike went on a southern African tour to the AZGO Festival in Maputo, and the MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland this past May. 

Her performance will be on Wednesday October 16 at 8 pm.

Ammara Brown

The daughter of the late legendary Andy Brown will perform alongside Kessia Masona on October 17.

Ammara burst onto the Harare music scene, captivating crowds with her unique vocal delivery and charismatic stage presence. 

In a short time, she has carved out a niche in the Zimbabwe music scene, and is amassing a growing fan base. 

At Hifa 2013, she brought the house down alongside South African superstars Mi Casa.

Early this year, Ammara performed at the Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar alongside fellow Zimbabwean band, Cde Fatso and Chabvondoka.

She has collaborated with many local artistes and is an exciting, new talent destined for stardom.

Netsayi Chigwendere and Black Pressure

Following a successful career in Europe over the last 10 years, Netsayi Chigwendere is now firmly back on Zimbabwean soil with her unique, electro-acoustic folk sound.

With her new band Black Pressure, Netsayi has performed in South Africa and in the United States of America.

She will perform in this year’s October World Music Festival in collaboration with South African trombonist Siya Makuzeni.

Black Pressure consists of gifted, young Zimbabwean artistes who are crossing over musical boundaries, led by fearless lead singer and legend-in-the-making, Netsayi.

Pakare Paye Emerging Artists

The Book Café opens up its brand new outdoor stage in the Gochi Gochi Garden to young, emerging artistes from the Pakare Paye Arts Centre for this year’s October Music Festival.

Bright young talents Donald Kanyuchi and the Rain Shadows, Tsvete and Munya Mataruse will perform during the afternoon from Wednesday to Friday at The Book Café at 3pm.

These performances have been made possible courtesy of Pakare Paye Arts Centre and Pamberi Trust.

The Real Deal

This all-star band includes  top instrumentalists from several Zimbabwean bands who have come together to form their own formidable, jazz band.

Featuring the talents of Blessing Muparutsa (Color Blu), Nick Nare (Color Blu), Pablo Nakappa (Pablo & Friends), Jimmy Buzuzi (The Other Four), Josh Meck (Mawonero), and Othnell “Mangoma” Moyo (djembe player and percussionist), the Real Deal is an unusual ensemble that plays modern, Afro-jazz music.

They will perform alongside the Enzo Favata Quartet at Reps Theatre on Thursday October 17.

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