All set for World Music Day celebrations


THE Alliance Française de Bulawayo will celebrate the World Music Day in style by hosting a public music concert at Bulawayo Centre on Saturday afternoon.


The concert will feature artistes such as Brian “Rakeem B” Bangura, Rainbow Blaze Marimba, Nobuntu, Kwanfire Asaph and many more.

Rakeem B, a soul musician and poet, has performed in a number of shows and festivals — namely Intwasa Arts Festival and Shoko Arts Festival — and has performed with the queen of mbira, Chiwoniso Maraire. He is the founder of 3rd Heaven, a music group and is presently working on a deep house album with Skaiva and Funkdeepstar of SoulCandi Records South Africa.

His song Day Dreamer is receiving favourable airplay in South Africa on Metro FM and YFM.

Nobuntu is a group made up of five women, Heather Dube, Joyline Sibanda, Claire Dangarembwa, Bridget Dube and Duduzile Sibanda.

The group is an a cappella ensemble whose music touches various subject matters that are a part of people’s daily lives, specifically issues affecting women and children across the world.

Their music touches on issues of love, strength, assurance, spiritual growth, among the many themes, taking largely from their individual and collective experiences through their lives.

Kwanfire Asaph, whose real name is Tafadzwa Tarukwana, is a young rapper who has performed at the Miss Tourism Bulawayo beauty pageant and also opened for POY at an event at the Bulawayo Art Gallery.

A statement said the concert is meant to promote local talent and give upcoming musicians an opportunity to perform in front of an audience and grow in their capabilities. The statement said World Music Day started in France in 1980 and has since spread all over the world.

It is celebrated on June 21 and musicians play for free.