Mi Casa returns to Harare

HARARE - South African House music group Mi Casa is expected to rekindle their love affair with Harare at 7 Arts Theatre on March 4.

The talented South African trio, who were arguably the stand-out performers at the 2013 edition of the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa), will the share stage with Tonga rhythms group Mokoomba.

Mi Casa’s Harare gig is being promoted by Extratime Entertainment, the same promotions company that hosted two sold-out shows by Ugandan comedian Anne Kansiime late last year.

Extratime Entertainment spokesperson Tonderai Mwaita confirmed Mi Casa’s return to Harare in an interview with the Daily News.

“Mi Casa is definitely coming. Ordinary tickets will go for $25 while VIP ones will cost $40,” he said.

Mwaita was at pains to justify the high ticket prices. “The VIP tickets, in particular, are limited hence the $40 fee. We are putting together a surprise package for the $40 tickets which includes photo shoots with the band,” he said.

Mi Casa’s forthcoming tour has been dubbed “Home Sweet Home Zimbabwe Tour” because the South African group will be promoting their latest album titled Home Sweet Home.

On the latest 25-track album, Mi Casa collaborated with several popular artistes including DJ Tira, Big Nuz, Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Cassper Nyovest, Euphonik and popular Kenyan super group, Sauti Sol.

When the South African group descended on Harare for their debut performance here three years ago, their popularity was anchored on the hits These Streets and Heavenly Sent.

The latter went on to win a South African Music Award (Sama) for being the most played song in South Africa.

Mi Casa is also expected to perform songs off their second album — the 15-track Mi Casa Su Casa that contains the monster hit Jika.

Mi Casa, who picked up four South African Music awards in their first two years of existence, are made up of Dr Duda (producer) and pianist, Jsomething (vocalist and guitarist), and Mo-T (trumpeter).

The South African group has performed in over 12 African countries but the highlight of their career was their performance at United States of America President Barack Obama’s inauguration at the beginning of the year.

In Mokoomba, the concert organisers have provided a perfect match-up for the South African house group.

Formed in 2001, Mokoomba’s road to fame started in August 2008 when they won the Music Crossroads Inter-Regional Festival in Lilongwe, Malawi which presented them a chance to tour Europe and record an album.

The band released the album Kweseka in 2009, winning critics and audiences alike with their electrifying mix of Afro-fusion energy and tantalising traditional Tonga beats.

Tours across Europe soon followed, and they released their second album Rising Tide in 2012 which was rated as “one of the world’s 10 best albums of the year” by fROOTS magazine.

Following a live performance on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC and a showcase at the WOMEX Festival in Greece, the band won the prestigious Songlines Music Award for “Best Newcomer” two years ago.

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