Masike celebrates a decade in music

HARARE - Mbira star Hope Masike has singled out her on-stage collaboration with internationally-acclaimed Malian superstar Salif Keita at the 2015 edition of the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa) as the standout moment of her 10-year music career.

Masike, who has just clocked a decade in music, told the Daily News on Sunday that she will always look back in awe at the electric chemistry she generated on stage with the Malian music legend.

“Being on stage with Salif Keita was an absolute dream come true for me.It was a great and inspirational moment for me and my career,” said Masike, who has two albums under her belt.

Though the mbira songstress rates the Keita on-stage duet as the “cherry on top,” she feels privileged to have been part of several other noteworthy collaborations over the last decade.

“I also did numerous collaborative projects including the ongoing Norwegian transcultural collaborative called Monoswezi and more recently the Southern African collaborative called Mahube which featured music superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Steve Dyer (South Africa), Botswana-based Bokani (piano and keyboards), Mozambican songstress Xixel Langa as well as South Africans Siya Makuzeni (vocals and trombone), Mbuso Khoza (vocals) and Cameron Ward on lead guitar,” she said.

Masike, who has performed across Southern Africa, Europe, Asia and America, has lined up a DVD that captures the key moments of her decade-long career.

“The DVD will cast a rare spotlight on the story of my career. It comprises old videos, award-winning videos and brand new videos; clips from my live collaborations with luminaries such as Salif Keita, Oliver Mtukudzi and the Southern African outfit Mahube, live performances and interviews as well as a rare insight into my personal life,” said the mbira songstress.

The mbira star recently featured on Muzita Rababa, a ZBC-TV drama which puts the spotlight on church scandals and appears determined to take her fledgling acting career to new heights.

“I am certainly looking for the correct characters and films that suit me. So far, Ndai in Muzita Rababa is a very controversial character and it has been fun acting that role.

“I also featured in short film “Ruvimbo's Wedding” as a disgruntled wife whose husband brings home an under aged girl for a second wife. It is available on YouTube,” said Masike.

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