All-female jam session tonight

HARARE - Harare’s City Sports Bar will tonight host an all-female Monday Night Jam Session that will bring together some of the exciting voices.

The bash will feature Edith WeUtonga, Nadine Brown, Sarah Dee, Sista Flame, Tendai Chimombe, Nina Grande, Mama Rachie, Tete Pipilo, Ratty, Sister Rudo, Sister Fox, Rufaro Mapfumo, Ammi Jamanda, Lindsay, Mbuya Mamoyo, Miss Tee, Caramel, Loveness Mainato, and Lady Rasta among others.

The joint’s manager, Mathias Bangure said this is in line with the promotion of women in all sectors of the society especially as we brace for this year’s Valentine’s Day.

“It will be a divas’ jam session. We want to give our female musicians a platform to showcase their unique talent as well as expressing their love on stage.

“Women have been crying out loud that they were not being treated fairly when it came to performing opportunities, hence we are trying to pacify them through giving them what they are yearning for.

“We want to assist and fill that gap...look at the American music scene, the women are on top there and these include Beyoncé; Mariah Carey; Lady Gaga; Rihanna ... among others,” Bangure said.

In an interview with this publication recently, female musicians embraced the idea of “all-female concerts” saying the development would elevate them.

“An all-female jam session is a very good idea as it gives opportunity and time on stage for all women on the night.

“We hope people get to see the talent Zimbabwe has in its women musicians and hopefully give support,” said Zimbabwe’s own female bassist Edith WeUtonga.

Tendai, daughter to the late music legend James Chimombe had this to say: “It is a very good idea as long as people do not make it a competition platform but instead, just embrace the idea of women coming together playing just like how fellow male artistes are doing it.

“What male artistes can do, female can also do hence women should be given a chance to perform on high profile platforms like supporting or sharing the stage with internationally-acclaimed artistes,” she said.

The Jam Session slot is a place where artistes gather and share notes and skills and on average the event attracts more than 20 performing artistes and this has proved to be a good platform for artistes for networking despite entertaining fans.

Though the concept might sound new to Zimbabwe, jam sessions have been practiced in developed countries since 1920s.

The phrase “jam session” came about in the 1920s when American musicians would congregate after their usual commercial gigs, to play the jazz or music they could not play on stage and this was done for fun.

Musicians will not rehearse for the jam sessions as the musicians would say they were “jammin’ the beat” hence the sessions became known as “jam sessions”.

However, the Zimbabwean version of jam session is slightly different from that of American or rest of the world because local artistes perform their usual songs with the same sound just to entertain fans.


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