Zim artistes in solidarity with Book Café founder

HARARE - Several Zimbabwean artistes will perform tomorrow night in a solidarity concert for Book Café founder Paul Brickhill who is struggling with ill-health in a local hospital.

The concert, which will be hosted by Book Café, has been organised by music superstar Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi and his drummer/manager Sam Mataure.

Several prominent people in the local music industry and emerging artistes will take part in the solidarity concert that will start from 7pm.

Artistes who have confirmed their participation in the concert that will have a $5 entry charge include Victor Kunonga, Ammara Brown, Afro-pop artist Edith weUtonga, mbira-punk rockers Chikwata 263 which features Paul’s son Tomas and mbira princess Hope Masike.

Mataure has underscored the importance of holding the concert in solidarity with the founder of arguably the most important arts venue in Harare.

“Tuku wants to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of Paul and the Book Café for artistes in Zimbabwe, many of whom who have risen to wide acclaim thanks to the platform provided for us here.  Many consider Book Café to be their musical “home”,” said Mataure who has also played drums for chimurenga star Thomas Mapfumo.

On the Tuku Musik Facebook page Tuku said “Shamwari yedu Paul Brickhill, we wish you a speedy recovery. Our prayers are with you nemhuri yeku Book Cafe. Kusimba nekupora.” (Our friend Paul Brickhill, we wish you a speedy recovery. Our prayers are with you and the Book Café family.  Be strong and get well.)

The artistes who will perform tomorrow  night are part of hundreds of artistes who have enjoyed the support of Book Café over its 17 years of existence, and become part of a unique “music family” built around years of vivid performances, collaborations and cross-cutting development programmes, led and promoted by creative director Paul Brickhill.

A musician himself, Brickhill has had a long love affair with the arts in southern Africa since his youth, which gave him the special gift of understanding the unique needs of artistes and complexities of the industry in Zimbabwe. 

With the help of a skilled team of arts and venue managers, Paul’s passion and unique understanding of artistes’ needs grew the Book Café from a humble café with a few music acts, to one of the most popular performing arts platforms in the country.

Three years ago, local artistes contributed towards the relocation of the Book Café to its present address along Samora Machel Avenue by donating performances towards fundraising for refurbishments that were necessary at the new venue.

In 2012, the Book Café became a laureate of the prestigious 2011 Prince Claus Awards for “its exemplary support of culture and development in Zimbabwe, for the diversity, quality and wide reaching impact of its activities, for stimulating creativity and fostering aspiring young talent, and for its tenacity and commitment in upholding freedom of expression in a difficult context.”

Last year, the popular entertainment venue won the National Arts Merit Award (Nama) for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Service by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.

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