New shows to revive jazz-musical performances

the herald

Senior Arts Journalist
The Alliance Française Harare has partnered with the Zimbabwe Jazz Community Trust to organize the highly anticipated “Zimbabwe Jazz Nights” which will be held as part of the Zimbabwe Online Music project.

The show will launch on Saturday and is expected to feature nine jazz acts which will perform fortnightly.

The best jazz groups were selected from a group of creators in Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and Harare. They include Ngoma Ingoma, Dudu Manhenga, Prudence Katomeni Mbofana, Filbert Marova and Friends, Bradley Sibiya Quintet, Rute Mbangwa, Buhle, Steve Chikotie and The Travelers Band.

According to Marova, founding member and program director of the Zimbabwe Jazz Community Trust, everything was ready for the new program.

“Due to the demands associated with Covid-19, the Zimbabwe Jazz Community Trust has been unable to hold its traditional, weekly jazz concerts under the Back2Jazzics banner,” he said.

“This new concept will fill the void and provide much-needed entertainment for jazz fanatics. It is a way to promote the adaptation of jazz artists and followers to online platforms, considering that jazz music has lagged since Covid-19 affected many traditional communities and venues.

Marova said few productions have surfaced in the past year and a half.

“Those who came were very few and rarely noticed online,” he said. “The narrative is about to change with the launch of a new online jazz show called Zimbabwe Jazz Nights.

“These shows will be broadcast on the Alliance Française de Harare and Ngoda TV Facebook pages and other broadcast channels at 7:30 p.m. fortnightly from the third week of July.

The initiative is supported by Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust in partnership with the European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe.


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Henry R. Wright