Clare sings for the girl child

HARARE - Songbird and Afro-jazz singer Clare Nyakujara will, this Friday, entertain revellers at Harare’s Ambassador Hotel where she is raising money towards the girl child.

The concert dubbed One Summer Night of Jazz is in support of the girl child in the spirit of last week’s commemorations of International Day of the Girl Child.

The Afro-jazz singer promised a 90-minute performance that will also feature fellow singer Edith WeUtonga on vocals, Zealman Munengu on drums, Osborne Matengenzara on saxophone, Joel Gwavava, keyboards and Josh Kwesha on bass.

“This concert is meant to raise funds which I will donate to an organisation that deals with girl child issues.

“I would be playing as (Clare) Nyakujara and I have prepared a set that will last for 90 minutes,” she said.

The talented guitarist added that after her performance, there will be an “after party” where fans can meet and mingle. “This will be a platform to share notes and just for the fans to meet.”

Clare is a music composer who impresses the audience with her strength and personality.

She was born in Harare in 1984 and her first foray into the limelight was as a backing vocalist to other artists.

In a short while, she became the front lady for the band The Other 4 and it did not take long for  the music industry to notice her talent and her star has been shining ever since.

In 2006, she began writing her own songs, and has been playing nightly gigs in bars, restaurants and hotels around the capital of Zimbabwe.

Clare’s Afro-jazz music is of her native Zimbabwe: elegant compositions that seduce the listener. She embraces a perfect cross-cultural mix, blending beautiful melodies with a fusion of several other musical contents, especially jazz.

In making her debut album Haudineyi she says this helped her to overcome her inhibitions and discover the joys of performing. “My life is about mastering my art because I have discovered what I love and I want to be the best I can in my music,” she says.

Among others, she has performed in the Shangai Expo 2010, and at the Book Café with the band The Other 4, and in some of these performances she has shared the stage with Zimbabwe’s finest musicians, including the great musician Oliver Mtukudzi.

Clare is an ardent supporter of the programme Flame (Female Literary Arts in Zimbabwe), a programme for the development of women artists which aims to empower female artists and performers through workshops and cultural events.

Her latest album Unleashed is aptly named as it coincides with her musical journey of self-discovery and transformation. The album reveals an authentic, fresh new sound and energy, and for those fans of the Afro-Jazz genre, this is an album not to be missed.

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