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BOOK CAFÉ EVENTS, 27 FEB–09 MAR 2014
Thu 27, 5.30pm, TINA WATYOKA CD LAUNCH: ‘NDOITA SEI?’ – The young Zimbabwean singer, composer and musician launches her exciting second album, ‘Ndoita Sei?’ and everyone is invited. Special guests will be star artists Victor Kunonga and Alexio Kawara, who she names among her mentors. Free, all welcome!
Thu 27, 5.30pm-8pm, Garden Stage: GARY TIGHT, with exciting young artists and original new flavours of Zimbabwe, recent openers for Sulu at Book Café, and coming up strong! cc$5
Thu 27, 8pm, VIBE CULTURE & M’AFRIQ – Former backing band of the late great Chiwoniso Maraire, Vibe Culture has teamed up with M’Afriq for a one-off collaboration show with a new original contemporary mbira-hip hop sound. Cc$5
Fri 28, 7pm, Garden Stage: FRIDAY MBIRA with MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA, Harare’s favourite mbira ensemble feat. Nyamasvisva – cc$5 (Entry from 6th Street gate).
Fri 28, 8pm, Main Stage: Jive Zimbabwe’s SCHOOL OF ROCK – Showing that Zimbabwean rock music is alive and well, Jive Zimbabwe brings you 4 outstanding rock acts this Friday: mbira-punk rockers ‘chikwata.263′, winners of 2013 Arcadia battle of the bands ‘Evicted’, former dynamos goal-keeper ‘Laban Kandi’ and his new rock band ‘Total Package’, and the super energetic and crazy ‘Acid Tears’. Guaranteed non-stop rock from start to finish! Cc$10 or $7 if you dress up in your old school uniform!!!
Sat 01 MARCH, 2-5pm, HOUSE OF HUNGER POETRY SLAM – Poets for Music Freedom Day! Zimbabwe’s longest running poetry platform with over 20 poets performing: Come feel the energy! Poets to register with the Slam Master before 2pm.
Sat 01, 6pm, FREE FILM-screening “LET FREEDOM SING” – How music inspired the civil rights movement in the USA. The story sweeps us to the heart of the movement in the 1960s, and explores its continuing impact on music, politics and culture in the decades that followed. Never-before-seen historic footage and remarkable new interviews with Gladys Knight, Isaac Hayes, Chuck D, Andrew Young, Qunicy Jones and Pete Seeger, among many others. FREE, All Welcome!
Sat 01, 7pm, Garden Stage: HIP HOP & WE DON’T STOP! A night of young hip hop talent hosted by the ‘Private Number’ crew with Marcus ‘The Destroyer’ as their featured guest artist. Cc (6th Street Gate)
Sat 01, 8pm, MUSIC FREEDOM DAY Celebration: TRANSIT CREW, SELMOR MTUKUDZI, ‘JAM SIGNAL’, and ’LIVE SOUL’ – a shout-out for music freedom! Presented by Pamberi Trust in the usual great association with Magamba Network. Cc$5
Mon 03, 6pm – BOOK CAFE OPEN MIC – Music Freedom in the hottest jam party in town! Poets, comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, bands – come register with the MC before 6pm – FREE, All welcome!
Tue 04, 8pm, TENDAI MANATSA & JAM SIGNAL – The gifted guitarist Tendai Manatsa in an exciting double-bill with the emerging afro-fusion group, Jam Signal who impressed at the October World Music Festival – cc $3
Wed 05, 6pm, IIFF IN THE CLUB: ‘HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression Into Opportunities’ (Part 2) – A passionate call to arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Courtesy of Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe. Free, all welcome!
Wed 05, from 7pm, THE MIC INITY SHOW featuring Mic Inity & Red Radicals with guest artist ‘Gupsy Warrior’, starting at 7pm with a strictly roots session from IRIE LION Soundsystem in the garden. Cc $3 before 9pm, $5 after
Thu 06, 5.30pm, GENDER FORUM: ‘TAG-A-LIFE INTERNATIONAL’ – Launch of the grassroots initiative for the protection of the girl-child, with activities in Midlands – followed by a Discussion: ‘It Takes a Village – what are you doing?’ – Free, all welcome!
Thu 06, 5.30pm, Garden stage: ‘STRICTLY VINYL’ – A Hip-Hop focused DJ set featuring Biko + guest artists – Cc$3 (Separate entry from 6th Street gate).
Thu 06, 8pm, THE RETURN OF DETEMBIRA ALL-STARS featuring Chirikure Chirikure, Ticha Muzavazi, Clare Nyakujara, Blessing Muparutsa, Pablo Nakkapa and friends – mbira-jazz and poetry
Fri 07, 7pm, Garden Stage: FRIDAY MBIRA with MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA, Harare’s favourite mbira ensemble feat. Nyamasvisva – cc$5 (Entry from 6th Street gate).
Fri 07, 8pm, Main Stage: DIANA SAMKANGE & CYNTHIA MARE – Two of Zimbabwe’s fast-rising young women artists take over Friday Night with exciting performances of afropop and soul and touches of the traditional, and surprise special guests! – cc$5
Sat 08, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY presented by the gender project FLAME:
11am-1pm – ‘WEIGH-IN PARTY’ – Inspirational networking on Women’s Health issues – Be the best person you can be: gain control of your body by exercising and eating right, in line with this year’s Women’s Day theme “Inspiring Change” – All welcome.
12pm, EXHIBITION: An offering by fashion designer SABINA MUTSVATI & fine artist CHRISTINE NDORO – in longstanding partnership with FLAME, and in celebration of women.
2pm, SISTAZ OPEN MIC for WOMEN’S DAY– opening with ‘WOMEN SCREAM’ featuring 6 gifted Zimbabwean poets PEGGY SHANGWA, TARI K, TINASHE TAFIRENYIKA, and BATSIRAI CHIGAMA, followed by a great afternoon’s entertainment with dozens of other sisters on the open mic. Cc$1
8pm, International Women’s Day Concert with PRUDENCE KATOMENI + RUTE MBANGWA, two of Zimbabwe’s favourite women artists, welcoming and opening with sisters from the City of Kings AND Queens – ‘NOBUNTU’ (Bulawayo) – cc$5
Sun 09, 12.30-6pm, A CELEBRATION of GHANA’s INDEPENDENCE DAY – Book Café presents a day of cultural exchange in celebration of Ghana’s Independence Day: Authentic Ghanaian cuisine including the Ghanaian version of Jollof Rice, Spicy Okra Soup, Pepe Soup with all the trimmings and so much more – courtesy of ‘Dining Point’. DJ RK will be belting out Ghanaian tunes, both old and new school, as well as hits from around Africa and beyond. This relaxed Sunday is perfect for families and friends to enjoy great authentic Ghanaian food, cold draught beer on tap and all your favourite drinks will be served at Book Café’s Gochi Garden. Entrance is free, all are welcome!
Sun 09, 4pm, Main Venue: BOOK CAFÉ BOOK CLUB – Discussing Small Island by Andrea Levy, a delightfully entertaining and probing book about Jamaican immigration to Britain in the days after WWII. Andrea Levy explores black and white issues of post-war London, which includes questions of class, race, and Empire. “This novel is about the irony of intolerance, stereotype, and prejudice in a country fought a war against these very issues”. [Amazon]
Nhimbe-NPAAC September Newsletter - news from the cultural scene back home
Masakhaneni Newsletter - Have a look at this very interesting newsletter which covers the pre-election 2013 and post-election period
1 July 2013: Harare News –
Community Newspaper and online website launched
New – Zimbabwe Theatre Association launches newsletter – click on link below
http://harare.usembassy.gov/amb_speeches/three-years-in-zimbabwe-how-i-see-young-people-building-a-better-country.html - Positive outlook from outgoing Ambassador Charles Ray
LAUNCH OF A VIRTUAL LECTURE HALL at the UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE
CARA and Econet have installed ‘Life Size’ video conference equipment into a College of Health Science Lecture Hall on the University of Zimbabwe’s main campus.
‘Virtual Lectures’ will be streamed in to support the College of Health Science and the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Science in areas currently lacking teaching staff, or who could benefit from engagement with the diaspora and/or international partnerships.
Population Census in Zimbabwe 18-28 August – how many people are in Zimbabwe? For more info click on 2012 Zimbabwe Population Census
Some of you may be interested in this new blog, which discusses some
current issues in Zimbabwe, based on my recent experiences as Director
at Hlekweni. I’d especially appreciate comments from Zimbabweans, at:
With thanks and in Friendship,