Masike to perform in Norway

HARARE - Afro-fusion song bird and mbira player Hope Masike will perform at the inaugural Bergen Afro Arts Festival (BAAF) to be held in Norway from June 16 to 22.

The week-long Norway Arts Festival is set to draw hordes of artistes from African countries such as Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia along with African performers resident in the European nation.

Masike, who graces cover page of the festival programme magazine, expressed her delight over the honour on her Facebook page.

“Being made the face of the festival is a great promotion for me in Norway and beyond,” Masike said.

The award-winning artiste has promised to introduce a new set during the forthcoming festival.

“I have a neat solo set now which is different from what I have done until now. I hope the BAAF revellers will warm up to it,” Masike said.

The highly-rated mbira player will be performing for the second time in Bergen after her first performance last year as a member of a collaborative outfit comprising musicians from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe called Monoswezi.

BAAF is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born Simbarashe Norman Fulukia who has resided in Bergen for the past eight years.

Fulukia, who is the artistic director of the innovative festival that seeks to celebrate African arts, said Masike landed on the BAAF festival cover out of recognition of her enduring positive attitude despite the challenging economic environment in her homeland.

“Many youths like Masike take the leap of faith.

“They have taken the dreams of Africa and made them reality,” Fulukia said.

“The Bergen Afro Arts Festival seeks to bring out untold stories of a continent robbed off its success.

“Africa is often associated with war and destruction, poverty and disease,” added Fulukia.

Fulukia said “the festival was born out of a passionate sense of African responsibility to mobilise the African community and bring a missing voice on the cultural Bergen cultural front”.

He added that the inaugural BAAF edition would revolve around educational forums, poetry, Afro folk, contemporary dance, music, fine art and fashion.

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