Harare Jazz Festival – A Success

The is probably the biggest crowd to attend a musical show in the country. The show was probably one of the most expensive in the country with tickets going for US$500 for a table of 10 people.

The show was mostly attended by company executives and politicians including Vice President Khupe.

Sam Mataure, one of the organisers of the festival, said the show was a success but said they were hugely let down by the Zimbabwe Republic Police who failed to control some people who thronged the venue without advance tickets.

“We paid the police US$2 100 but they completely failed to control the crowds,” Mataure said.

Oliver Mtukudzi opened the concert which kicked-off on Saturday.

To South African jazz mucisician Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sibongile Khumalo (SA), Themba Mkize (SA), Silvia Manco Quartet (Italy), Mbare Trio (Zim), Cool Crooners (Zim) and Jazz Invitation (Zim) also performed at the show.

Meanwhile Tuku Music Company has released on CD the 1986 album Ivai Navo previously on vinyl. This is the first such time Tuku is reproducing on CD his oldies formerly on vinyl. By reproducing on CD, some of his old music recorded on vinyl, Tuku wants to make the yesteryear records more accessible following huge market demand for the golden oldies. Fans can now buy the CD directly from Pakare Paye Arts Centre or from leading record bars across the country.

Hits from Ivai Navo include Ivai Navo, Mombe Ndonda, Hakuendwe, Nhodzera, Vende and Kanyanisa. Vende is one of Tuku’s many compositions that celebrate the lives of our beloved departed.

Tuku says of Vende which he dedicated to his late father Samson: “The gap he left in my family cannot be filled. When I look in the mirror I see his face, when I look at my face I see his face. Now I realise I have to learn to live with it.”

Tuku’s late son Samson was named after his grandfather.

Also now available after selling out is Tsimba Itsoka (2007). The CD is now on sale in all leading record bars across the country. Alternatively it can be purchased from Pakare Paye Arts Centre.

Songs on Tsimba Itsoka: 1. Ungade’we 2. Chikara 3. Kuropodza 4. Mhinduro 5. Hapana kuti mbinjana 6. Junga 7. Kuipedza 8. Masimba mashoma 9. Mbiri hurimbo 10. Nzungu imwe 11. Vachakunonokera 12. Kumirira nekumirira.