AFTER putting up a sterling performance at the recent Roots Music from Southern Africa festival held in Austria, Bulawayo Afro-jazz sensation Jeys Marabini returned a happy man following a potential partnership which will see an Austria-based choral group, Brazan, performing at the Bulawayo Comes Alive Festival held annually.
The festival — a brainchild of Marabini, whose real name is Majahawodwa Ndlovu, attracts local and regional artistes and has been commended as one the successful local music jamborees in the region.
The successful Afro-jazz king recently returned from an Austria tour where he had been invited to peform at the annual Roots Music festival organised by Zimbabwean artistes based in Austria. He also launched his latest album, Isilo at the event.
He told Southern Eye Lifestyle yesterday that the event was a mega success and a portal to achieving other projects such as his own Bulawayo Comes Alive festival.
“The Austria tour has been very successful as it opened new opportunities for me especially the Bulawayo Comes Alive festival.
“An Austria-based choral outfit Brazan — which is a 22-member group — expressed an interest to visit Zimbabwe, particularly Bulawayo because they appreciate my production.
They want to see where I come from.
“If all goes well they will peform at the Bulawayo Comes Alive Music Festival next year.”
Jeys also said he was delighted by the reception which he was given by Austrians saying they appreciated the arts more than fans in Zimbabwe.
“In Austria the arts are very much appreciated. Fans attend shows in dozens and buy music discs without reservations compared to fans back home,” he said.
He added that his latest album Isilo was doing well as it was used to teach African music in some universities in Austria.