Jazz Invitation dates Byo on Valentine’s Day


ONE of Zimbabwe’s finest jazz outfits, Jazz Invitation, will perform in Bulawayo on Valentine’s Day at the newly opened night joint, The Groove Night Club formerly Alabama or the Basement.


Kelly Rusike, the band leader told Southern Eye Lifestyle that the show is meant to celebrate Valentine’s Day with lovers in the city of Kings and Queens.

“We are definitely going to perform in Bulawayo and the show is a Valentine’s Day special for lovers and also Jazz lovers,”Rusike said.

“This is going to be our second time performing at the same club after our first in December where we had an amazing response and we promise our fans a more fun-filled and entertaining performance than the previous one,”

The jazz group has had successful albums such as Rehearsal Room and Tsoka (footsteps).

Jazz Invitation, as a group, has been in existence for the past six years.

The concept “Jazz Invitation” was originally conceived by drummer Sam Mataure, who initially invited different musicians to play at mini-festivals around the country.

The novel idea caught on like a wild fire. It brought together musicians of varied styles and tastes.

Eventually Mataure left to play in South Africa while Jazz Invitation carried on, with Kelly Rusike on bass.

Jazz Invitation has been described as a dynamic band with members frequently joining and leaving.

Its current membership includes bassist-cum-vocalist Kelly Rusike, , Mutare–born keyboardist Tammy Chirema, drummer Dave Bekoe, vocalists Tina Masawi and Courtney Rusike.