Musicians, poets mark Shakespeare's milestone

HARARE - Musicians Hope Masike and Victor Kunonga, along with poets Albert Nyathi and Chirikure Chirikure, are among top artists scheduled to perform at Celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare that will take place at Alliance Francaise Harare on Saturday.

The free event, being jointly-organised by the British Council Zimbabwe and Pamberi Trust, will also feature performances by hip hop star Tehn Diamond as well poets Cynthia “Flowchyld” Marangwanda, Tendekai “Madzitatiguru” Tati, Peggie “Umind?!” Shangwa, RAE Lyric, Anthea the Poet and Biko Mutsaurwa.

Dubbed “Shakespeare in Harare Celebrations,” the event seeks to celebrate the relevance of Shakespeare’s work in Zimbabwe.

The event follows a similar event titled “Shakespeare koBulawayo Poetry Slam” that took place in the City of Kings last weekend.

According to organisers, the weekend celebrations are being held under a global programme called “Shakespeare Lives.”

“Shakespeare Lives” is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare as a global icon.

It is an invitation to the world, to join in the festivities by participating in a unique online collaboration and experiencing the work of Shakespeare directly on stage, through film, exhibitions and in schools.

It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations,” read a statement sent yesterday.

The statement added that the event will run from 2 to 5pm and will be documented by TVYangu.

Pamberi Trust programme project officer Hector Mugani, who is an ethnomusicologist, has described the weekend event as historic.

“To be or not to be, this is an amazing opportunity of having the legacy of an amazing writer bringing people together from the area of mbira music, to jazz, to hip-hop and poetry.

“It will be exciting to see how Shakespeare brings all this amazing talent together. What I know is that all the participating artistes have promised to do their best and hopefully people from all walks of life attend,” said Mugani.

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