Vic Falls festival targets Tuku, top artistes

BULAWAYO - Over 30 leading Zimbabwean musicians, including Oliver Mtukudzi, are expected to perform at the Victoria Falls International Cultural Festival (Vicfest) that will take place in the resort town from August 6 to 11 this year.

Vicfest, which will showcase, music, local foods, traditional dancing and dressing along with other culturally-inspired activities, is being organised by the Zimbabwe Music Association in conjunction with the African Cultural Tourism Association.

Tomeki Dube, the Vicfest artistic director, told the Daily News that organisers were working hard to secure the participation of the country’s top musicians.

“We are pursuing the likes of Suluman Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah, Oliver Mtukudzi, Bev and Zoey and several other top artistes from Harare,” said Dube.

The Vicfest artistic director, who is also co-leader of internationally-recognised imbube group Black Umfolosi revealed that ex-Ilanga lead vocalist Busi Ncube and several other music groups had already been signed up.

“Black Umfolosi, Ndolwane Super Sounds, Busi Ncube, Hloseni Arts, Kwesela and Raibow Booze have confirmed their participation,” he said.

Dube said the last two days of the festival will be reserved for the Zimbabwe-Zambia Music Gala that will feature 10 musical and traditional dance groups from Zambia.

“When you talk of Victoria Falls, you cannot by the way leave out Zambia. So we saw it necessary to include them in the week-long event,” said the Vicfest artistic director.

The veteran imbube musician added that organisers had invested a lot of resources to make the event much better than last year’s underwhelming edition.

“Yes we had false start last year but this one is going to be a success story that I can assure you. We are going to put this town on the global map through a number of activities which we have lined up here,” said Dube.

“We are happy because Vicfest has the blessings of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry ministry because the event is not only going to attract the cultural community but also the international community.  The event is a platform for the true African story to be told by Africans. ”


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