Dzimbanhete hosts mbira bash

HARARE - Tonight more than 20 mbira groups will descend on Dzimbanhete Arts Village on the outskirts of Harare for what the organisers have described as a “special mbira extravaganza.”

The show, which has been dubbed “Mbira pilgrimage 2”, will be held in a traditional mbira village set-up in a bid to showcase the “traditional purposes” of the mbira.

Dzimbanhete Arts Village director Chikonzero Chazunguza said tonight’s mbira bash will be the second event of this nature to be hosted by his organisation.

“There have been many mbira shows before but we have decided to come up with a different version where we return the traditional village set-up kind of performance,” said Chazunguza.

“We decided to do away with the stage format performance but will have a more interactive format which evokes memories of the yesteryear performances when the instrument was played for traditional purposes.”

Some of the groups that are expected to perform include Benita Tarupiwa, Mazwi Mbira Group, Mahombarume Mbira Group, Nhare Pasichigare, Hwesa Masango among others.

Chazunguza told the Daily News that they have already put in place plans for the third edition of the mbira pilgrimage to be held between February 27 and 28 this year where groups from all over Zimbabwe will perform.

He added that the mbira shows being hosted by Dzimbanhete Arts Village are meant to provide platforms for nurturing upcoming groups by giving them exposure and linkages with the market.

According to Chazunguza, several mbira groups that have performed on his platform have managed to graduate from being amateur groups to professional entities and have signed contracts mainly with embassies and non-governmental organisations where they perform at special functions.

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