Nyathi, Chirikure exude class

HARARE - Veteran performance poets Albert Nyathi and Chirikure Chirikure dazzled a packed Book Café on Tuesday night during the launch of their joint album fittingly titled Connected.

The two internationally-recognised spoken word artistes, who are generally acknowledged as the pioneers of professional performance poetry in Zimbabwe, showcased their maturity and experience during the rare duet.

Nyathi, who was clad in traditional Ndebele attire, and Chirikure, who donned a white pair of trousers with a matching white shirt, delivered well-choreographed traditional dances and poems against the backdrop of guitars, penny whistles, percussion and harmonies.

Nyathi and Chirikure, who will both turn 52 this year, did not perform for a long time “because  they don’t want to pre-empt the album too much.”

The launched album, which features original and innovative poetry expertly delivered in Shona, Ndebele and English, is their first ever full length collaboration.

Connected showcases a wide range of musical flavours that pay homage to the breadth of the Zimbabwean cultural landscape.

The launch of Connected, graced by National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) director Elvas Mari, was part of cultural performances and cultural actions programme that has been lined up by the Book Café to commemorate Africa Day, under the theme “Re-linking our Communities through Culture”.

The Africa Day theme and the diverse cultural activities have been devised in support of Zimbabwe Culture Week which is being celebrated by Nacz and the ongoing Harare International Carnival being organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA).

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