Harare Jazz Festival lures big guns

HARARE - Celebrated performers Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Dudu Manhenga and South Africa-based Berita Khumalo will be part of local artistes expected to star in the Harare Jazz Festival set for Belgravia Sports Club on September 13.

The grand jazz showcase, which brings together regional and internationally-acclaimed jazz legends to perform alongside some of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians, will also feature township jazz veteran Tanga Wekwa Sando and the multi-talented Kudzai Sevenzo.

Sam Mataure, the founder and artistic director of the festival, has promised an event teeming with quality and excitement.

“This year’s celebration of jazz will feature some unexpected and exciting productions. We will present authentic, organic Afro-jazz in new and innovative ways to ensure excellent value for the fans,” said the veteran drummer who also manages the affairs of music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi.
 
“The show will migrate across different township jazz concepts and sub-genres in a cross-fertilisation of ideas that creates a fresh, unique production with a universal appeal.

“We are also finalising contracts with some South African jazz legends and we will make an announcement on their participation soon.”

The performances to look forward to include a potentially explosive production titled “A tribute to Unsung Music Heroes” presented by jazz songstress Katomeni-Mbofana.

Known for her extensive vocal range and sunny stage presence, Katomeni-Mbofana will bring this exciting production in collaboration with the grandmasters of township jazz, Mbare
Trio, the Cool Crooners and Bulawayo Kwela.

Jazz enthusiasts will no doubt be excited by the debut appearance of Bulawayo-born Berita Khumalo in this year’s edition of the Harare Jazz Festival.

The rising star, who is now resident in South Africa, has gained recognition in music circles for her unique vocal talent.

At this year’s event, she will pay tribute to Dorothy Masuka through fresh interpretations of the jazz legend’s music. She will be backed by seasoned jazz musicians Summer Breeze.

The festival will also bring Dudu Manhenga on stage with a multi-dimensional production entitled Dudu’s Guest List, an Afro-jazz performance featuring different artistes including Norman Masamba, Matthew Ngorima, Kudakwashe Mucheche, Frank Mavhimira and Silence Nqonqo.

Dudu’s rare ability to connect and interact with the audience is expected to light up the evening as she takes fans on a fantastic journey of innovative musical expression.

In keeping with the organisers’ high regard of homegrown township jazz, Tanga Wekwa Sando has been invited to make a second appearance at the jazz showcase. Sando put up an
explosive performance during the 2011 edition of the festival and is expected to add an old school, Highfiled touch to the popular event.

One of the highlights of this year’s Harare Jazz Festival will no doubt be the presentation by Jazz Invitation. Their diverse set will feature Kudzai Sevenzo, Macy and the Red, Merlin Chenjerai, Richie Lopes and Patience Musa. Chenjerai is the daughter of pioneering Zimbabwe township music icon Susan Chenjerai.

Harare Jazz Festival is Zimbabwe’s premier jazz event which has been made possible this year through partnerships with Meikles Hotel, Golden Pilsener, Robertsons Wines and Pariah
State.

    Comments (2)

    will louis mhlanga be there his is a local talent please bring him, we enjoy his jazz

    aubrey patel - 28 August 2014

    will louis mhlanga be there his is a local talent please bring him, we enjoy his jazz

    aubrey patel - 28 August 2014

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