Heavyweights clash at Musica 2014

HARARE - Artistes from Italy, Germany and Zimbabwe have confirmed their participation at this year’s Musica 2014 which is scheduled to take place from October 18 to 25 at various venues in the capital.

Now in its seventh edition, the event which previously ran under the title “Italian Jazz Festival” was this year re-branded to Musica.

The brand captures the event’s new focus on a broader range of world music and reflects its cultural diversity.

Musica this year presents a variety of musical genres and influences including folk, jazz, ethno music, R‘n’B, Rock, Afro pop, rock and fusion.

Zimbabwe’s international music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi is expected to make a second appearance at the festival to delight fans with some of the hits taken off his latest album.

In 2011 Tuku was awarded the honorary title of Cavaliere, by the Italian government for his services to music.

During the festival, he will also deliver a lecture on the ethic and philosophy of being an international artist and public figure to young musicians who will participate in the festival’s workshop programme.

Zimbabwean artistes billed to perform at the festival include Dudu Manhenga, who recently returned from a tour of Italy, Alexio Kawara and Shades of Black, African Pride, Patience Musa, Evicted and Jam Signal.

Musica 2014 will also feature Italian heartthrob Amanda e la Banda who rocked Harare during the 2010 edition of the festival. She will be accompanied by her band members Max Covini and Matteo Boldini who have in the last two years made waves internationally with the Zimboita project; a collaboration with Zimbabwean drummer Blessing Chimanga.

Other Italian acts that have confirmed participation include Andrea Caggiari, Enzo Favata, and Puglia Jazz Factory.

Commenting on the festival recently, the Italian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Enrico De Agostini said: “Music is a language that unites people. It carries a message of peace and optimism, which is exactly what we all need at this moment. So why limit ourselves to one genre of music? Why confine the interaction to two countries?

“By calling it Musica, we mean to say that everyone is welcome as long as they are able to communicate their emotions through music. This year our friends from the Zimbabwe German Society have embraced the idea and Feindrehstar, a band from Germany, will make a special appearance at Musica 2014, along with other big names from Italy, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.”

He said that Italian guitar maestro Andrea Valeri who took part in this year’s Hifa battle of the guitarists will come back for another exciting performance at Musica.

“But Musica is not just about entertainment; it is an opportunity to develop the artistes’ skills both from a creative and a professional perspective, international artistes will also have opportunities to share ideas and learn from their local counterparts,” said De Agostini.

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