Zim Arts Fest kicks off

HARARE - Today and tomorrow all roads in Harare will lead to Alexandra Sports Club where the inaugural Zimbabwe Arts Festival will be held, courtesy of Bumris Entertainment.

The event is expected to attract more than 200 artists from all forms of art.

Some of the musicians expected to perform today at the event include Jah Prayzah, Soul Jah Love, School Bands, Ammara Brown, Extra Large, Trevor Dongo, Ex Q and Winky D among others.

On Saturday, Baba Harare, Mbira Dzenharira, Suluman Chimbetu, Somandla Ndebele, Oliver Mtukudzi, DjTamuka, BaShupi, Tocky Vibes, Sniper Storm and Dj Stavo among others will share the stage.

Jah Prayzah returns to Jongwe Corner

Jah Prayzah will take his Kutonga Kwaro album to Jongwe Corner in Harare’s Hatfield suburb on Sunday afternoon.

He will be supported by Carlos Green.

Young Igwe returns to Chegutu

Sungura musician popularly known as Young Igwe in showbiz circles is performing at Top 3 in Chegutu tonight before moving to Tsungubvi Bar in Glendale on Saturday.

Westgate throws early Christmas party

Jah Prayzah, Oliver Mtukudzi, Ammara Brown and Winky D will share the stage today from 1500 hours at Westgate shopping centre in Harare.

Dubbed Westgate Christmas Lights Ceremony, the event is for free.

Apart from the performing artistes, there will be jumping castles, Father Christmas and Ajigija among other interesting characters for children.

Sulu embarks on a busy weekend

Captain Suluman “Sulu” Chimbetu’s fans are in for a rare treat this weekend beginning this afternoon when the Nyuchi singer performs at Takashinga Cricket Club in Highfield in Harare for The World Human Rights Commemoration on Saturday.

During the night, Sulu will perform at Iridium Life (ex-Jazz 24/7) in Harare.

He Sulu will first join other musicians at Westgate Complex in Harare before proceeding to Harare Gardens for another performance at EcoSure draw.

Party continues on Saturday night with a performance at Alex Sports Club at Zim Arts Festival.

The Orchestra Dendera Kings wraps up the weekend assignment with a family show at Extra Mile Leisure Spot on Sunday.

Zim photographer up for continental gong

Zimbabwean-born Kudzai King could be honoured by the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (Asfa) set to take place tonight at Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

King, who was born and raised in Harare and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, is in the running for the Fashion Photographer of The Year (Africa) at the gongs that celebrate and acknowledge fashion industry stake holders such as designers, stylists, hair and makeup artists and media personalities on the continent .

Asfa, held annually in Kampala since 2013, touted as the biggest red carpet event in Africa, is running under the theme “African Fashion is the Future #FashionTakeover.”

Songstress launches debut album

Rising songstress Carmen Hwarari Mutengo will launch her album tonight at Harare International School located in Mt Pleasant, Harare.

Titled I Call to You, the 10-track album is Carmen’s debut solo album.

The young Zimbabwean singer is happy with the versatility she showed on the album.

“Most of the songs on the 10-track album have a gospel incline and some are insightful social commentary. It is hard to pin down to a single genre; it is really diverse but with a strong African identity in terms of rhythms and vocals,” said Carmen.

In her bid to come up with a quality debut offering, the rising songstress, who is also a music teacher, worked with some of Zimbabwe’s best instrumentalists. These include gifted young drummer and marimba player Blessing “Bled” Chimanga who featured on a song titled Zvisikwa.

Other notable instrumentalists who worked with Carmen include Mokoomba guitarist Trust Samende, former members of Victor Kunonga’s Band Peace Norman Masamba (guitar) and Pritchard Chikwama (bass).

Carmen also roped in Zweli Hlatshwayo (bass), Enock Rugube (keyboard), Vusa Mtunzi (saxophone), Taona Mutengo (guitar), Courage Gwezhira (guitar) and Brian Munongwa (drums.)

Backing vocals on the album were provided by Monalisa Kapofu, Taona Mutengo and Robin Murenzvi.

Old Skool Braai Party at CBC tonight

The City Bowling Club (CBC) Kitchen in the Harare Gardens, which is located at corner Hebert Chitepo Avenue and Parklane Street, will host yet another free Old Skool Braai Party tonight.

DJ Snizzle will as usual be on the turntable.

Club Mandisa host BV Labien Musica

Mutare city centre joint — Club Mandisa is winding off a two-day B.V Labien rhumba fest tonight.The Boniface Nyamhanhindi-owned club will then transform into a dancehall with Mandisa Queens and Kings battling for bragging rights from tonight through to Sunday.

Golden Peacock Villa Hotel hosts Star Brite semis

Hospitality concern Golden Peacock Villa Hotel says it is ready to host this year’s semi-finals of Star Brite talent show penciled for December 8 and 9.

The grand finale will be held in Bulawayo before year end.

“We are ready for the show. In fact we have always been ready considering that hospitality is our business,” the hotel’s representative Willard Madhombiro told the Daily News this week.

Madhombiro said the top hotel was going to give guests to the talent search show a fore taste of what their festive packages will be like.

“While this talent show will be a big night we have many other events lined up into the new year with some big events on Christmas eve and new year’s eve,” he said.

Madhombiro said their institution was proud to be associated with the talent show because of its ability to unlock the potential many young Zimbabweans have bottled inside them.

“This show will be special for us as an institution because of what it represents — the ability to unlock the talent so many of our young people have across the country. We are proud to be associated with such an initiative,” Madhombiro said.

The event will see around 60 acts from all the country’s provinces battling it out for a place in the prestigious talent search show finals.

Star Brite patron Barney Mpariwa says 23 acts are set to qualify for the finals.