Music festival brings international class

HARARE - The rebranded October World Music Festival which kicked off last Friday has unveiled a riveting line-up of local and international acts led by Italian quartet Enzo Favata. 

Enzo Favata Quartet is expected to deliver a well-polished performance at the Book Café tomorrow night where they will share the stage with three generations.

Enzo Favata is one of the most well-known Sardinian musicians on the Italian international music scene. The Italian saxophone player specialises in soprano and sopranino saxophone as well as traditional instruments from all over the world.

Favata fuses acoustic instruments with electronic and computer technology.

His musical reach joins the arcane and the modern, experimenting with different languages and musical cultures.

The Quartet will be supported by the Leo Bescotti Trio.

The Enzo Favata Quartet is participating in the rebranded October Music Festival courtesy of the Embassy of Italy.

The other International act to look forward to is South African group The Brother Moves On.

The intriguing South African performance art ensemble from Johannesburg have performed to rave reviews all over the world.

The Brother Moves On, who will perform at the Book Café on Wednesday, began as a self-proclaimed art movement of graphic and fine artists before incorporating instrumentalists in their live performances.

This eclectic collective are set to dazzle in their Zimbabwean debut and will be supported by emerging Afro-fusion artiste, Norman Masamba and Point Blank.

The foreign legion is completed by South African award-winning trombone player, vocalist, lyricist and songwriter Siya Makuzeni.

Her Saturday night show at the Book Café will present the South African star an opportunity to show why she is highly regarded in South Africa and beyond.

Siya has performed widely in her home country, in seven European countries and all over Africa.

She will collaborate with Zimbabwe’s own Netsayi and Black Pressure, in an exciting new phase of a long-term collaboration which has included performances in London, Dakar, Cape Town and several recordings over the years.

The October World Music Festival which kicked off in 2006 is part of the Italian Embassy’s culture exchange programme in Zimbabwe in partnership with the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe, and Pamberi Trust.

Over the years it has grown to become one of the most important fixtures on Harare’s cultural calendar.

This year’s edition will run from October 12 to 19 at various venues in the capital which include the Book Café, Reps Theatre, the Italian Club, Misty Restaurant and Mega 2.

The festival — now in its 6th year — is being spearheaded by a steering committee appointed by Italian Ambassador Stefano Moscatelli.

The high-powered committee includes arts organisation Pamberi Trust, mbira singer Hope Masike, the Italian Embassy, director of The Culture Fund, Farai Mupfunya and several arts personalities.

The committee has assembled a diverse group of artists for a series of performances over the coming week.

Several sponsors have come on board to make one of Zimbabwe’s most entertaining festivals a reality.

This year’s sponsors include Africalia, African Synergy, Societa’ Dante Alighieri, Ethiopian Airlines, the European Union, FBC Holdings Limited, Freight World, Golden Pilsner, Hivos, the Italian Club, Meikles Hotel, Progressive Insurance, Pro-Helvetia, Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation, Zimbo Jam, Zimbabwe College of Music, Sontine Travel, Orel Imaginations and the Mediterranean Shipping Company and  Old Mutual.

 

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