UK artiste conducts free singing workshop

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BRITISH guitarist, vocal coach, composer, pianist and choirmaster Ali Bullivent conducted a musical workshop at Salukazi Arts Centre in Njube, Bulawayo, on Tuesday.

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Mema Arts founder and director Bruce Ncube, who is affectionately known as Bruno Ashley, said he had persuaded the renowned artiste to conduct a workshop at Salukazi Arts Centre for the benefit of young musicians that may want to learn a new style of singing.

She jetted into the country last Saturday via Victoria Falls before flying to Bulawayo the following day. She is set to leave the country for South Africa tomorrow.

“Bullivent is in Bulawayo to visit me for a couple of days, but I persuaded her to run a once-off free singing workshop at Salukazi Arts Centre, the home of Umkhathi Theatre Works,” said Ncube.

“I wanted to give young musicians an opportunity to learn a new style of singing from a different part of the world. We had 20 people at the workshop, including some artistes from Umkhathi Theatre such as Mj Sings, an upcoming artiste that I mentor. Qeqeshiwe Mntambo, a fine young female singer who does mostly house music and former Njube High students that finished their ‘A’ Levels in 2014 also attended.”

He added: “It is not her first time in Zimbabwe. The last time she was here was way back in 1999 to visit and share her knowledge of music.

It was great having her around and the workshop was a success as I believe the artistes benefited judging from their testimonies that the work shop was refreshing. They also indicated that they need such workshops weekly to hone their musical skills.”

Ncube first met Bullivent at her base in Wakefield in the United Kingdom nine years ago while conducting some music programmes.

“The relationship was established nine years ago while I was conducting workshops at the Wakefield Cathedral in England where she works,” he said.

“She usually organises two to three-week singing, dance and drumming workshops, and has become a big part of my solo career that started in 2013.”