Masike to promote another concert

HARARE - Mbira music star Hope Masike says the success of the all-female jazz concert she promoted last month has emboldened her to line up a similar gig in the first quarter of next year.

Masike ventured into the world of music promotion for the first time on October 24 when she put together an all-female jazz gig at Reps Theatre that featured stars Dudu Manhenga, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana and Rute Mbangwa.

“The Ladies in Jazz concert was a major success. We had a high turnout even though there were about three other big events in Harare on the same night, including Busy Signal’s concert. This proved to us that there are jazz fans who are being starved of great jazz music and because of that we will hold another similar concert early next year,” said Masike.

She added that the gig, dubbed Sway, that sought to empower female musicians, did not get any backing from sponsors.

“We organised the all-female jazz concert using our own personal savings. There was no sponsorship as some were made to believe. That is why we are very happy that it was successful.

“Female-led bands do not make it on most mainstream gig line-ups in Zimbabwe. For instance, the so-called ‘big five’ concerts have never included women. I do not believe that female-led bands do not have good music or are any lesser performers than their male counterparts,” said the Ndinewe singer.

Masike was, however, quick to point out that she won’t let the promotion venture affect her own music career.

“To show that my music career is still going on normally, I am holding a show on Saturday dubbed the ‘Good Vibes’ Concert this Saturday at Alliance Francaise. Backed by my full band, the concert will include my solo act on the loop station, fresh dance routines plus new tasteful songs, traditional mbira classics, mbira-sungura and many more good vibes,” she said.

The rising musician is particularly excited by the fusion of mbira and sungura that she hopes to showcase at her concert on Saturday.

“I call it mbira-sungura. It is all about my usual love for mbira fusion. It is a blend of two Zimbabwean sounds. It is an exciting and fun experiment that is being received warmly and excitedly by music fans.

“There is a mbira-sungura song that I am working on that is available online for singing on my Soundcloud. The finished version is coming soon,” said Masike.

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