Hope to grace Divas Night

HARARE - After her highly-rated performance alongside Malian singer Salif Keita during the Harare International Festival of the Arts, (Hifa), mbira player and vocalist Hope Masike will herald the Divas Night set for Private Lounge in Harare today.

Masike will share the stage with equally-talented guitarists Edith WeUtonga and Tariro Negitare.

A spokesperson for Private Lounge described the encounter as a special outing which is set to bring together these three talented musicians who had found a home at the now closed Book Café.

“We are having a musical party with the three singers and to put icing on the bash we have invited guest musicians that include Suluman Chimbetu, Progress Chipfumo and Kiren Zulu. The three will add flavour to the musical.”

Masike released her debut album called Hope and in May 2012, she released her second album called Mbira, love and chocolate.

Her song The Land (from her first album) was made the theme song for the international advert for the All Africa Heads of State summit in 2014. 

Masike has shared the stage with Zimbawabwe’s mbira gurus Mbuya Stella Chiweshe, the late Chiwoniso Maraire, Oliver Mtukudzi, Zahara and UK-based Shingi Shoniwa and the Noisettes.

She has also collaborated with different bands such as Zimbabwean hip-hop band, The Monkey Nuts and French DJ, DJ Oil; German band Favo; French Folk band, Coriandre; Dutch Dub DJ Chad Lee; Austrian-Zimbabwean collaborative, Kunzwana #1; pianist Bokani Dyer and saxophonist Muzila Malembe.

Masike’s achievements have so far earned her the national accolade of being the first “Outstanding Female Musician” for Zimbabwe’s National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) 2013.

She was a nominee under International Artist for 2013 for the UK-based awards Zimbabwe Achievers Awards.

She holds a national certificate in Applied Art and Design, a diploma in Fine Arts and is currently finishing off her studies in Music.

Edith WeUtonga is a Zimbabwean rising musician and songwriter.

She has led the Utonga band since its formation in 2010.

Utonga means dawn in the Shona language. Hence, the artist we know today as Edith WeUtonga — Edith of Dawn — thus the emergence.

The songs, the mood, the release and the impact all fall in sync with her situation.

WeUtonga has shared the stage with virtually all the prominent musicians in Zimbabwe from Oliver Mtukudzi, Jah Prayzah to Claire Nyakudyara.

Born on September 16, 1985, Tariro Chaniwa aka Tariro neGitare is a guitarist, singer and songwriter based in Harare, Zimbabwe who plays Afro-soul music.

At 13 years, she started playing the guitar at St. John’s High School and was very active in the choir and musical events, however, she never considered music as a career.

In 2013 she had collaborations with South AfricanS Simphiwe Dana and Zahara before curtain-raising for legendary Bryan Adams last year.

Hifa 2014 also saw her collaborating with UK-based guitarist and vocalist Josephine.

Tariro has shared the stage with Zimbabwean artists such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Stella Chiweshe, Jah Prayzah, Victor Kunonga, and collaborated with German bands Favo and Jamaram. Tariro made her debut solo performance at Hifa 2012 through the Acoustic Night, a project she founded and has been supported by the Zimbabwe German Society to promote local artists.

She also featured at the inaugural Miombo Music Festival held just outside of Harare.

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