Tuku to feature in Musica 2016

HARARE - Music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and several international artistes will hold workshops for upcoming artistes during the 2016 edition of Musica which will run in Harare from October 2 to 8 at several venues.

Musica, which is holding its ninth edition this year, is the initiative of the Italian Embassy in Harare which seeks to facilitate stronger relations through culture.

Italian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Enrico De Agostini said Tuku’s workshop is part of a diverse Musica 2016 programme that will also include music, fashion and film.

“Mtukudzi’s workshops will focus on educating upcoming artists on the business side of a music career,” he said.

The Italian Ambassador to Zimbabwe added that the workshop was part of Musica’s efforts to promote collaboration between Zimbabwean and international artistes.

“The festival is designed to give Italian, international and Zimbabwean artists an opportunity to work and perform together. We firmly believe that this cultural platform facilitates stronger diplomatic, commercial and social ties,” said Enrico De Agostini.

He added that this year’s edition will feature artistes from Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, South Africa, Sweden United States of America (USA) and Zimbabwe perform at venues that include  Amanzi, Megga Two, Music Crossroads Academy, Pabloz, The Embassy of Italy and The Venue in Avondale.

In its bid to expose local designers to the latest trends in fashion, Musica 2016 will host Florence-based designer, Angela Corsani who will conduct workshops and work with local designers to create a specific collection that will be showcased on the main stage at the Italian Embassy during the festival.

Last year, Musica collaborated with the Zimbabwe Fashion Week.

Musica 2016 has also brought on board the Zimbabwe International Film Festival so as to facilitate workshops on the production of film soundtracks and music videos that will be attended by film makers and musicians.

The festival, which will kick off on October 2 with the Battle of the School Bands will be held at St. John’s College as part of the school’s Spring Fair programme, ending with the October 8 final concert that will see all participating artistes perform on one stage.

“The closing concert will start after lunch and go through into the night giving everyone one last chance to see all the international and local acts that are taking part in this year’s festival,” said Ambassador de Agostini.

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