Artistes promise explosive weekend gigs

HARARE - Award-winning artiste Blessing Shumba will lead an exciting line-up of gospel musicians who will take part in the Winter Family Show to be held at Mucheke Hall in Masvingo tomorrow.

The Mutare-based artiste will share the stage with Kudzi Nyakudya, the rising Tatenda Mahachi, Rumbi Zvirikuzhe and Albert Munyanyi.

Karoi-born Mahachi, whose albums include Miyedzo (2007), Kure (2009) and Agare (2013), is looking forward to the highly-anticipated concert.

“The Winter Family Show will be the first of its kind to be held in Masvingo,” Mahachi told the Daily News yesterday.

“Masvingo gospel music fans and those based in other areas outside Harare have largely been denied the chance to see their favourite artistes in action.

That is why we have organised this show. “Masvingo music fans should come in big numbers because all the participating artistes have promised to deliver memorable performances.”

Pastor G celebrates milestone

Gospel star Stanley “Pastor G” Gwanzura will do a live video shoot at the 7 Arts Theatre tomorrow to celebrate his 15-year music career. The popular gospel artiste, whose debut album Tariro was released in 2000, has produced 11 albums since he burst on to the Zimbabwean gospel music scene in 1999.

The live 14-track DVD album to be shot tomorrow, which will be titled Unstoppable Rhythm, Worship, Praise Experience, will be produced by gospel music star Shingisai Suluma’s former producer, Tafadzwa Chingono, David Sengwayo and United States of America-based Simba Moyo.

The veteran gospel artiste will be joined on the live DVD by ZimPraise singer, Petronella Sengwayo, Imelda Mudzamiri, the Sunshine City Choir and the popular Sebastian Magacha.

Poets to clash for honours

Over 20 performance poets have registered to take part in the monthly House of Hunger Poetry Slam set for the Book Café tomorrow afternoon.

The competition will bring together poets from Harare and beyond in an event which will celebrate the “World Poetry Movement.”  Participants in the House of Hunger Poetry Slam will be judged by a panel of their peers based on content and performance.

Tuku, Sulu to grace Radost official opening

Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi will share the stage with dendera star Suluman Chimbetu and afro-fusion musician Jean Masters at tomorrow’s official opening of Radost Platinum Club.

The trendy club, based at Longcheng Plaza near the National Sports Stadium, contains an exclusive VIP Platinum Circle, two full bars, expansive dance floors, live entertainment, audio/visual entertainment as well as mouth-watering grill services

Artistes to jazz up gospel music

RnB artiste Audius Mtawarira shares the stage with Cynthia Mare, Herman Chimsoro and award-winning gospel music rookie Blessing “Flem B” Manyangadze at the Jesus in Jazz Concert to be held at Rainbow Cinema tomorrow evening.

The unique concert, that has been put together by Shownation Entertainment Company, will also feature several other jazz-inclined artistes like Thobekile Nleya, Denzel Chivare and the House of Praise Choir.

A newly-formed local jazz band called In Total Jazz will be the main act at the event.

Mbaki Nleya, a spokesperson for the concert organisers is confident that the show will fulfil expectations.

“The concept came through inspiration from guys like Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler.

It also came about as we realised that in Zimbabwe there is no band that speacilises in gospel jazz and we have decided to bridge the gap,” he said.

“This is the first concert with such a theme in the country and we believe it will be such a great evening. Jesus is the main act and we will just be playing in the background,” he said.

Ambuya Stella Chiweshe returns to Book Cafe

The Book Café entertainment programme will begin in earnest tonight with a show featuring Tendai Manatsa and his wife Selmor Mtukudzi on the Book Café Main Stage.

Apart from Tendai and Selmor’s show tonight, the Book Café will also host top mbira ensemble Mawungira Enharira led by Gwenyambira Nyamasvisva.

Tomorrow night, mbira icon Stella Chiweshe will perform on the Book Café main stage where she will share the stage with Vibe Culture-the late Chiwoniso Maraire’s backing band which is now under the leadership of Rumbi Tavaziva.

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