Mai Charamba, Mare to headline Wafest

HARARE - Award-winning musicians Olivia Charamba and Cynthia Mare will headline the closing concert of the four-day Women’s Arts Festival (Wafest) that will take place in the Harare Gardens on November 14.

Female bassist Edith Weutonga, rising gospel artist Janet Manyowa, talented urban grooves songstress Tererai Mugwadi and the lively Kessia Magosha are also part of the high-profile concert that has been put together by the Young Voices Network in Zimbabwe.

According to festival officer Precious Chinhoyi, the multi-disciplinary Wafest, which is sponsored by the Culture Fund, will start on Wednesday with a workshop and a film screening.
“The official opening will take place on Thursday as well as a dinner party in which 18 female artists both alive and late who have done a lot in the advancement of women in art will be honoured.

“ On Friday there is going to be a Safer Cities Campaign at the 4th Street bus termini and a theatre night at Alliance Francaise.

“On Saturday there will be some exhibitions during the day at the Harare Gardens that will be followed by the closing concert,” said Chinhoyi in a press statement.

Wafest, which is running under the theme “Testing the Limits Altogether Now,” seeks to upgrade the skills of both upcoming and established artistes.

Chinhoyi revealed that the four-day festival has various feeder programmes sponsored by top Zimbabwean companies.
“Throughout this year Wafest ran feeder programmes that included mentorship programmes that helped the female artists immensely.

“Our first programme titled ‘Save today Save tomorrow’ was facilitated by Old Mutual. In this programme the artists were given financial advice to enable them to save today for tomorrow when they would have gone over their career peaks.
“Several options were availed to them that they could choose from for saving purposes.

“The second one was facilitated by Schweppes Zimbabwe. Schweppes, through Coca-Cola are in the process of implementing a worldwide campaign that seeks to sponsor five million women by the year 2020.

“Through this initiative they invited the female artists to partner with them so that they could be provided with Schweppes products to sell at their shows without having to pay cash up front. What they were then required to do was that after every show or function they would have held, they were supposed to submit wholesale price proceeds to Schweppes and remain with the profits,” she said.

Mobile giant Econet Wireless also chipped in to empower the women artists. The last programme was facilitated by Emilia Chisango, the chief finance officer for Econet Wireless and the first female president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe.

“Under a programme titled ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Advancement of Female Artists in a Male Dominated Environment,’ Emilia took the artists through her journey from being a rural girl to being one of the most respected women of our generation. She took the artists to task on their conduct, etiquette and professionalism,” said Chinhoyi.

Comments (2)


Bright Masikati - 10 November 2015

We will be there..... Wafest Ahoyyyyy

Wayne - 10 November 2015

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