Kawara relishes another Mafikizolo match-up

HARARE - Alexio Kawara is happy to have been afforded another chance to share the stage with African music powerhouse Mafikizolo at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on Friday.

The Shaina singer is also looking forward to being on the same stage with Zambian music star Roberto as well as music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi and crowd-puller Jah Prayzah at the annual “Harare Lockdown Concert”.

  “This gig comes at the right time for me as I am looking beyond the horizon. My focus now is to break onto the international market that is why I’m excited to share the stage again with Mafikizolo.

“I’m sure sharing the stage with Roberto will also help me learn one or two tricks that can boost my competitiveness beyond Zimbabwe.

“I have a number of new songs to perform and the gig will provide a perfect platform to showcase these new songs,” he said.

Kawara added that the forthcoming album titled Oyi showcases his new sound that he is confident will appeal to music fans beyond Zimbabwe’s borders.

  “The album is made up of Afro-fusion tunes. I grew up listening to music by the likes of the late Biggie Tembo and the Bhundu Boys.

“The fact that the Bhundu Boys broke onto the international market on the strength of their African beats makes me confident that I can also do the same,” said the Kana singer.

Meanwhile Simmad Entertainment, the organisers of the annual Harare Lockdown Concert, have justified the ticket prizes for the gig which have been described by many music fans as too high.

A standard ticket is going for $15 while the VIP ticket will fetch $25.

“In our opinion, the entry charges are very fair given the calibre of musicians who will be performing. We are bringing top artistes from Zambia and South Africa who will perform with full bands.

“The local artistes on the bill — Mtukudzi, Jah Prayzah and Kawara — are of top quality. We are also hosting the event at a top venue,” said Simmad Entertainment director Simba Madziwa.

 

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