Italian group to jazz up Reps tonight

HARARE - Top Italian group Enzo Favata Quartet descends on Reps Theatre tonight in the premier event of the week-long October World Music Festival which kicked off on October 12.

Enzo Favata’s participation adds colour to the blossoming October World Music Festival, a culture exchange initiative of the Italian Embassy in Harare.

The Italian group is an internationally-acclaimed outfit headed by Enzo Favata who is one of the most well-known Sardinian musicians on the Italian music scene.

He specialises in soprano and sopranino saxophone expertly blended with traditional instruments from across the world.

Favata’s performance promises fireworks and innovation as he fuses acoustic instruments with electronic and computer technology.

The saxophone player’s musical reach joins the arcane and the modern, experimenting with different languages and musical cultures.

In line with the October World Music Festival’s thrust that takes on board a wide selection of genres, a formidable Zimbabwean all-star band featuring top jazz instrumentalists will share the stage with Enzo Favata Quartet.

The all-star ensemble going by the name Real Deal is composed of Blessing Muparutsa (Color Blu), Nick Nare (Color Blu), Pablo Nakappa (Pablo and Friends), Jimmy Buzuzi (The Other Four), Josh Meck (Mawonero), and Othnell ‘Mangoma’.

Now in its seventh year, the October World Music Festival has become one of the largest cultural events in the country and has received recognition as a major contributor to the development of the arts and music industry.

It is a prime culture exchange facilitator in Zimbabwe with a mutually beneficial formula that brings together international, regional and local artistes to perform and interact artistically at different venues around Harare.

This year’s edition has roped in more local artistes in a bid to create more interaction between Zimbabwean artistes and their counterparts from other countries. National Arts Merit Award (Nama) winner Suluman Chimbetu was given the honour to kick off the colourful festival with a well-attended show at the Book Café on October 11.

Other Zimbabwean musicians on the October World Music Festival roster include world-class Victoria Falls band Mokoomba, sungura kingpin Alick Macheso, upcoming star Ammara Brown, Pakare Paye Emerging Artists and bubbly Afro-soul queen Netsayi Chigwendere and her backing group Black Pressure.

The other show that has generated interest is the October 19 concert at the Italian Club in which Italian jazz master Piero Delle Monache and Zimboita will be the star attractions. Zimboita is a collaboration between Zimbabwean musician Blessing Chimanga and two Italians Max Covini and Matteo Boldini.

The rebranded October World Music Festival has been made possible through the collaboration between the Italian Embassy and long-standing partners and sponsors that include FBC Bank, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, Freight World, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Pamberi Trust, Ethiopian Airlines, Progressive Insurance Brokers, Sontine Travel, Societa’ Dante Alighieri and the Italian Club.

Blessing Chimanga of Zimboita in action.

Josh Meck will feature in the all-star Zimbabwean ensemble tonight.

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