Busy weekend for Josh Meck

HARARE - Afro-jazz vocalist and bassist Josh Meck, who until recently was based in South Africa, will make a maiden performance at the posh Pablo’z Club tonight.

Meck is confident that the gig at the entertainment venue based at Sam Levy’s Village, Borrowdale, will win over new followers.

“Josh Meck and his band are excited to perform at this prestigious venue  and have prepared a polished set which old and new fans will love,” said Sandra Goliath, an award-winning actress who recently signed on as Meck’s manager.

According to Goliath, Pablo’z Club gig will kick-start a busy weekend for the gifted left-handed guitarist.

“It is an action-packed weekend for the Prince Edward alumnus. On Sunday, Josh will perform alongside Gemma Griffiths and Jason Le Roux at Amanzi Restaurant at a charity benefit in aid of a film, Nancy’s Girl Revolution, which is part of a worldwide campaign to outlaw female genital mutilation.

“He has also been invited to perform at Mahofi Precinct Programme at the South African State Theatre on May 27. This is a cultural exchange programme in celebration of Africa Month, whose aim to yield a new cross-cultural pollination of the arts,” said Goliath.

Meck will hold the weekend shows buoyed by his recent release Tozvidawo, a song in which he implores God to come to the rescue of economically-challenged Zimbabwe.

The veteran bassist-cum-vocalist recently told the Daily News that Zimbabwe’s problems require urgent divine intervention.

“Zimbabwe is going through a lot; everything in the country is almost at a standstill. People are suffering mainly because of the high unemployment rate and other associated ills. People are really suffering,” he said.

The 32-year-old Meck, who has recorded three albums — Wanetsa (2010), Time (2013) and Artistry (2015) — has performed with popular Zimbabwean artistes who include the late mbira icon Chiwoniso Maraire, Comrade Fatso and Victor Kunonga. The versatile musician has also collaborated with United States of America-based jazz star Max Wild and Kenyan jazz artiste Asali.

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