Marabini back from Austrian tour

BULAWAYO - Veteran Afro-jazz musician Jeys Marabini is back in the country after a month-long stint in Austria which he has described as “my best foreign tour ever.”

The just-ended tour, Marabini’s third of the European country, was the first time he had toured Austria with a full band.
 
“The response was overwhelming and it was without doubt my best foreign tour yet,” said Marabini, whose real name is Majahawodwa Ndlovu.

“We staged about 15 performances in different towns and if you were following the local press that side, we attracted full houses on which is something which left me very delighted.”

The Kozekulunge leader told the Daily News that the Austrian tour had opened new doors for him.

“Our performances gave rise to new opportunities for us as we got better deals for 2015 and 2016 that will see us touring Europe for longer periods,” he said.

During the five-day Kasumama International Festival held every July in the Austrian town of Moorbad Harbach, Marabini and his backing group got to meet fellow Zimbabwean artistes Hope Masike, Josh Meck and Blessing Chimanga.

Marabini, though, did not get the chance to share the stage with the Zimbabwean trio. The Kozekulunge leader, however, shared the stage with Iyasa and Austria-based imbube outfit Insingizi.

Apart from Iyasa and Insingizi, Marabini also played on the same stage with Mamadou Diabate from Burkina Faso, Kofi Quarshir from Ghana, Bassekou Kouyate from Mali and Ivorian Dobet Gnahore.

“We also managed to sell all the 400 CDs we had taken with us. In terms of supporting arts as a country we are still far off.

“We have a lot to learn from the Austrians who value arts,” said Marabini.

“It is when we go out there that we realise that we are more powerful than we are back home.

“We really lift the Zimbabwean flag high when we are out there. We are indeed cultural ambassadors and we are proud of our nation,” he said.

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