Gigs in honour of Brickhill

HARARE - Top Madagascan singer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer, Haja, will collaborate with Zimbabwean artistes in two gigs dedicated to the late Book Café founder Paul Brickhill over the weekend.

The collaborative adventure, which will involve drummer Blessing Muparutsa and bassist Josh Meck, will begin at the Book Café tomorrow before winding up on Saturday night at the National Gallery in Bulawayo.

Haja’s partnership with Muparutsa and Meck was made possible by arts development organisation Pamberi Trust and Bulawayo-based Born to Life Arts and Media in memory of Brickhill who died on October 3 in a Johannesburg hospital.

The trio, whose collaboration has been dubbed Afro Trance Groove, started rehearsals on Monday and are excited by the way they are blending.

Haja regards Zimbabwe as his second home.

“First, there is a feeling of coming home, being in Zimbabwe and this is mainly due to the fact that our countries are really closer than we think. Even though nowadays there is not much direct connection between Madagascar and Zimbabwe; we are on the same latitude,” he said.

“Working with such skilful musicians — and above all, very nice human beings — as Josh Meck and Blessing Muparutsa, is such an honour and a good experience for me. During the rehearsals, we can see that our music has the same roots, even though each one has its own flavour. What people are going to see in this collaboration is an interesting blend of Malagasy roots music, spiced with a Zimbabwean flavour.”

The Madagascan artiste has performed in the United Kingdom (UK), Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mexico, and Canada.


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