Musica 2016 roars to life

HARARE - Musica 2016 will go a gear up tonight at Music Crossroads Academy where Zimboita and Made in Europe will share the stage.

Interestingly, the two groups performing tonight are both collaborative entities. Zimboita is a joint project made up of Zimbabwean and Italian musicians while Made in Europe consists of artistes from Italy and Sweden.

Tonight’s Musica concert follows Sunday’s Battle of the School Bands contest which was won by Prince Edward. For winning the school band contest, Prince Edward walked away with a recording contract.

They will also perform alongside Midlands Christian College and St Georges’ College on the main stage at the Embassy of Italy alongside established international and local artistes later in festival.

The ninth edition of Musica will showcase local, regional and international artistes from Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, USA and Zimbabwe. The headline act of Musica 2016 will be American singer, songwriter and Broadway stage actress, Shayna Steele.

Steele, a world-class vocalist who has done singing backup for several celebrated stars including Bette Midler, Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson, will perform at the final concert on October 8.

The sophisticated performing artiste, who is backed by The Shayna Steele Band, has been brought to Harare by Musica Festival — which is organised by the Italian Embassy in Harare — as part of efforts to showcase different genres and musical influences.

Another artiste to look out for is guitar virtuoso Andrea Valeri who will open his Musica 2016 performances at The Venue alongside Zimbabwean bass genius Josh Meck on Wednesday.

Other artistes expected to set the city ablaze during the week include Mooyh (Norway), Danilo Gallo’s Dark Dry Tears (Italy), Zimboita as well as DJs Dino Moran and Katie la Femme (South Africa).

Zimbabwe will be ably represented by artistes who include Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, celebrated bassist-cum-vocalist Josh Meck and Macy and the Red.

This year’s edition will feature artists 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.

Musica 2016 has been made possible through partnerships with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, Music Crossroads Academy, ZiFM Stereo and various other local corporates.

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