Tariro Negitare, five Zim artistes Germany bound

HARARE - Tariro Negitare and four other Zimbabwean musicians will leave for Germany for collaborations with Jamaram-the band that replaced Freshlyground as the closing act of this year’s Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa).

The highly-rated Tariro, who has a single self-titled album under her belt, will be joined on the trip to Europe’s biggest economy by Prayersoul and the Acoustic All Stars trio-Tendai Madzviti, Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu and Fungai Nengare.

The forthcoming trip will be the second one for Tariro and Prayersoul who have visited Germanybefore. The duo, along with Rutendo Machiridza, did 17 shows in 19 days across Germany last year.

Thomas Lugo, the Jamaram lead vocalist, confirmed the tour of Germany by the Zimbabwean artistes which will be facilitated by the Zimbabwe German Society (ZGS). “We are looking forward to working with this very talented group of Zimbabwean musicians,” Lugo told the Daily News.

“The last time Tariro, Rutendo and Prayersoul visited Germany it was because we wanted to tour with them but this time the aim is to record new music and ultimately produce a joint album.”

Jamaram, which was formed in the German city of Munich 12 years ago, was one of the stand-out performers of this year’s Hifa. Their varied playlist, which includes such genres as reggae, ska, salsa and rock n’ roll, won the hearts of Hifa revellers.

It was therefore not surprising when they were asked at the last minute to replace Freshlyground as the Hifa closing act.

The South African group was deported on arrival at Harare International Airport reportedly over a 2010 song and comedy skit titled Chicken to Change which made a mockery of President Robert Mugabe.

Lugo regards Hifa as one of the best festivals his group has been to.

“We do over 100 shows a year. We have been to Uganda, Brazil, Kenya and several other countries to take part in festivals and to do one-off gigs and I can tell you with confidence that Hifa is up there with the best,” said the German vocalist.

“Hifa is very open and positive. We enjoyed connecting with Zimbabwean music fans. Zimbabwean music fans and musicians know their music; that is why we are looking forward to doing joint recordings with Prayersoul ,Tariro,Tendai, Munya and Fungai.”

The just-ended edition of Hifa was a very fruitful one for Tariro NeGitare.

Apart from collaborating on stage with Jamaram, the rising Zimbabwean songstress also performed with Manchester-based singer Josephine Oniyama.

Tariro added Shona lyrics to Josephine’s song called ‘Original Love’ during the British singer’s last Hifa show on the Lay’s Global Stage on Saturday.

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