Zimfebi kicks off this weekend

HARARE - Zimfebi Music Festival, back for the 2014 edition is jam-packed with renowned acts from Zimbabwe, Sweden, Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda.

The festival which has 11 outstanding acts will take place at the Book Café on August 9 from 6pm.

Celso Paco arguably, one of the best composers, percussionist, storyteller and multi-instrumentalistwill be among the top artistes at the festival. Born in Mozambique, Paco has travelled the world sharing the stage with international stars but perhaps his greatest legacy will be the work he continues to achieve with schools, libraries and cultural centres around the world.

Paco works closely with children and the youth, composing new music and using his cross-cultural experiences to tell new stories and inspire those he works with to do the same.

There will be Swedish folk music and dance fused with traditional Zimbabwean instruments; dancehall presentations as well as a performance by celebrated mbira ensemble Mawungira Enharira.

Sara Parkman, Tinashe Mandityira, Phillip Vhareta and Liselotte Beverlöv are set to give an inaugural presentation of Swedish folk music and dance fused with traditional mbira music while Nyaradzai Zvemisha is set to give an amazing performance through song and dance.

This rising young star is a graduate from the Zimbabwe College of Music and loves to play with both traditional and contemporary musical expression to create new sounds and dance.

Ambuya VaJesina Madhinga is back once again and this time she is sharing the stage with MaNcube. These two are set to give an energetic performance in traditional song and dance.

The festival was made possible by ManLuckerz Chikutu, founder of Zim-Traditional Unity, Zimtu.

Zimtu was formed in 2001 with the aim of creating spaces where social, economic and cultural issues can be addressed through music and storytelling; the grand idea is to break the detrimental culture of silence. This Uppsala-based African band brings together multi-talented musicians from southern Africa, who recently released a new album Gutu - My Roots.

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