Jam Session takes a break

HARARE - City Sports Bar's weekly musical event, Jam Session, is not continuing in 2019 after running for the past two years.

Biggie Chinoperekwei, the joint proprietor, revealed to the Daily News yesterday.

“Jam session is not continuing. It’s taking a break as we want to redefine and re-strategise it,” he said.

“Owing to economic hardships and increase in costs, the event failed to get sponsors over the past two years hence losses were unsustainable. 

“So we are hoping to revive it once the economy becomes stable.”

The Harare joint hosted the final edition of jam session yesterday.

So popular was the event that on average it attracted more than 10 performing artistes and it was a good platform for artistes as they network, shared notes and skills under one roof.

For the past two years, the weekly event attracted musicians from different parts of the country including Mutare, Bulawayo, Chiredzi and Bindura among others. 

The musicians were drawn from different genres that is sungura, afro-jazz, rhumba, Zimdancehall and urban groove among others.

Though the concept of jam session nights might sound new to Zimbabwe, it has 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.

During jam sessions, musicians do not rehearse for the performance but simply “jamming” the “beat” hence the sessions became known as “jam sessions”.

However, the Zimbabwean version of jam sessions were slightly different from that of American or rest of the world in sense that local artistes performed their usual songs with the same sound just to entertain fans.

For the past two years, the event hosted over 500 musicians, according to organisers.

Some of the artists who performed at the event for the past two years included Tendai Chimombe daughter to the legendary artiste James Chimombe, Faheem Somanje son to the late musician Daiton, Derick Majaivana the first born of the legend Lovemore Majaivana, Nyasha Mugari, Kireni Zulu and Kessiah Magosha, the late Dickson Chingaira aka Cde Chinx, Daniel Gonora, King Tazvida, Pauline Gundidza, Ammara Brown, Mark Ngwazi, Howard Pinjisi, Paradzai Mesi, Simon Mutambi, Romeo Gasa, Andy Muridzo, Progress Chipfumo, Somandla Ndebele and Hosiah Chipanga among others.


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