Mahube set to open HIFA
> Jonathan Mbiriyamveka
HARARE – Mahube, a hybrid regional group is set to thrill show-goers at the six-day Harare International Festival of Arts’ Opening Night on May 2.
Mahube is made up of Steve Dyer, Phinda Mtya, Oliver Mtukudzi, George Phiri and Bheki Khoza and others.
The show dubbed ‘Let Our Song Be Sung’ will see Mahube, a musical concept that encompasses African rhythms in the southern region of the continent as the highlight of the Opening Night of the festival which runs until May 7.
Mtukudzi or simply Tuku is no stranger at HIFA having performed on the main stage for a number of years including his memorable joint performance with his late son Sam under the banner ‘Nzou neMhuru’.
This time around Tuku will serenade HIFA audiences with his friends including saxophonist Steve Dyer from South Africa, Phiri a guitarist and vocalist from Malawi and percussionist Tlale Makene from Swaziland to mention a few.
Another highlight of the night will be gymnastic companies, guests and, of course, the much-anticipated fireworks to light up the capital.
Another regular and firm favourite at the festival will be Malian music superstar Habib Koite with his band, Bamada.
Habib and Tuku shared the stage in the United States a couple of years ago.
Also worth noting is the Opera Gala, which brings a multi-cultural audience at HIFA, as was the case in previous years.
Timo ODV, a gifted South African singer/songwriter/producer will be performing at the festival for the first time.
Tafadzwa Simba, HIFA associate executive director, said about the theme ‘Staging Intervention’: “HIFA 2017 is a positive disruption, a beautiful interruption of sameness, transforming the everyday with colour, sound and vitality.
“It focusses attention on the artistry and excellence that we embrace as an organisation and that has the potential to change the way we engage with the world.
“HIFA 2017 is a celebration of the transformative power of individual and collective creative thinking.”
He continued: “The design campaign for this year’s Festival includes a hand ‘adjusting’ or holding our logo; refining the focus on a camera, changing the intensity of a theatrical light or turning up the volume, all things that connect with the arts, and also offer a metaphor for focusing in on challenges, shedding light on situations and amplifying our voices and ideas.
“Our 2017 identity is all about energy and re-invention.”
This year marks the return of the week-long arts and culture extravaganza after taking a break last year.