Hope Masike breaks new ground

HARARE - Mbira star Hope Masike’s new gospel video set to be launched on February 13 appears destined to break new ground.

The video for Huyai Tinamate, shot in Musana in Bindura where Masike’s rural home is located, will be launched on Masike’s YouTube channel.

The enchanting video, which depicts Masike as some supernatural goddess, will potentially be a subject of discussion among music fans.

“With two albums to my name, I had ample songs from which to choose, perhaps that was even a challenge as settling for one song then became quite a process,” she said in a statement.

“We finally settled for a song that I felt defined both, my sound and spirituality. Huyai Tinamate is a call to all of us to pray.”

The costumes worn by Masike are avante garde and that is not surprising since she engaged local designer Sabina Mutsvati — who gained national prominence a few years ago after designing a dress using bread and condoms.

The costumes depict an African goddess of light and another one of a witch. Hope is seen in the video with horns of twigs and dry, dark, lifeless make-up.

One of the things that inspired the concept was Hope’s desire to tell gospel stories in a rather artistic manner.

“As a former student of Fine Art, I felt I should not tell my story the same way as any other gospel artiste,” she said.

“I wanted to create a fantasy and supernatural world of my own, which explains the pink skies and gold grass. I wanted to use symbolism and mythology to express the story.”

 

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