HIFA beckons

HARARE - Zimbabwe is overflowing with expectation as arts lovers await the six-day Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) which kicks off in the capital tomorrow.

The Harare Gardens will witness an explosion of beautiful sights and harmonious sounds from April 29 to May 4, 2014 with the major highlight expected to be the return of South African afro-fusion music group Freshlyground six years after their last performance at the event.

Freshlyground, which features Zimbabwean Simon Attwell who plays the flute, mbira, saxophone and harmonica, will rock Zimbabwe’s biggest arts fiesta on May 4.

The much-anticipated concert by the top South African group, which was formed in Cape Town 14 years ago, will be the last act this year on the Telecel Main Stage.

The South African group, which collaborated with Colombian pop artiste Shakira on the 2010 World Cup song Waka Waka (It’s time for Africa), will be expected to play songs like Doo be Doo, I’d Like, Fire is Low and Potbelly.

Though the Freshlyground concert will no doubt attract the most interest, it won’t be the only act to look forward to. A play called The Maids, which features popular Zimbabwean actors Chipo Chung, John Pfumojena and Tichaona Mutore, could prove to be one of the highlights of Hifa 2014.

According to the Hifa programme, The Maids is based on a true story that happened in 1933 in the small town of Le Mans, France.

Two maids brutally murdered their mistress and her daughter with a pewter jug, a hammer and a carving knife in the only recorded case in modern criminal history in which the victim’s eyes were pluck from the skull with nothing but the murderer’s bare hands.

Directed by Giles Ramsay, the play is a story of two outcasts struggling to overcome their servile, sub-human identity in a world that refuses to acknowledge them otherwise.

Comedy lovers will be spoilt for choice at this year’s edition. Highly-rated Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda will record his one-man show with the help of award-winning Zimbabwean comedian Carl Joshua Ncube who will be the director. Apart from Chaponda, this year’s comedy programme will also feature hilarious Ugandan David Kibuuka who has become a hit in South Africa on programmes like Late News With Loyiso Gola.

Zimbabwean comedians who include Michael Kudakwashe, Comrade Fatso and Clive Chigubhu are expected to entertain Hifa revellers with their comedy show called Seventy-five Percent.

The other show to look forward to is The Zim Dancehall Blast Concert that will feature Killer T, Lady Squanda, Ricky Fire, Platinum Prince and Dadza D which will conclude the 14th edition of Hifa.

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