Hifa lines up workshops

HARARE - The Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) has lined up a series of workshops that will take place during the CABS Classical Weekend to be hosted by St Georges College from April 29 to May 1.

The CABS Classical Music Celebration will feature South African group Coda Africa, fronted by vocalist Zami Mdingi, which combines the violin, cello, saxophone as well as a DJ.

Coda will share the stage with fellow South African group Urban Strings led by vocalist and violinist Larah Eksteen.

The first workshops, set for April 29, will be the Baroque 2000 workshop for string players and  a vocal workshop that will be led by Mezzo-Soprano Bongiwe Nakani.

On the same day, there will be a vocal studio session to be spearheaded by Gerald Steichen.

On April 30, Hifa executive director Maria Wilson and the arts festival’s associate executive director Tafadzwa Simba will run a management workshop that will be followed by session to be held by Zimbabwe’s leading DJ Jason Leroux on the same day.

The Baroque 2000 workshop number two for trumpet players to be run by Michel Schneuwly is scheduled for May 1 while the Rafael Serrallet Workshop for classical guitar players will take place the next day.

At a press conference held at the end of last month, Hifa associate executive director Tafadzwa Simba explained why they decided to begin with the CABS Classical Music Celebration.

“We decided to start with the Classical Music Celebration event because it is the foundation of all music and we are also going to show audiences what classical music is,” said Simba at a press conference held at Crowne Plaza Monomatapa.

At the same press conference, Hifa executive director Maria Wilson said the festival was still very much alive even though it is in a different format this year.

“Hifa is on this year, just that it is in a changed way that our audiences are not used to. We will be going to different places where audiences do not have access to us.

“People in Bindura, for instance, have a lot of talent but they do not have access to us and this time we are going there.

“The 2017 edition will be held under the theme Next Level and we are starting to take things to the next level right now,” Wilson said.

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