16 October 2018
The Zimbabwe Jazz Community Trust will be hosting the second edition of Jazz Festival on October 27 at Alliance Française/Chez Zandi’s Complex.
Jazz Festival was launched under the Back to Jazzics brand in an effort to preserve the genre’s history on the local scene.
Musicians have been taking turns to show off their skills and keep jazz alive at the weekly shows held at Chez Zandi.
The trust said this year they have established strategic partnerships to make the festival possible and brought new talent from other cities to make it a national event.
“We will be featuring some of Zimbabwe’s finest jazz artists from different parts of the country making it a truly national exhibition.
“The 2018 Jazz Festival is being made possible by generous funding from The French Embassy, Alliance Française and Chez Zandi’s; strategic partnerships in this initiative include Enthuse Magazine and Back 2 Jazzics.
“The initiative has unearthed brilliant jazz artists whilst it influenced seasoned artists to rebrand their acts to greater expectations.
“The Zimbabwe Jazz Community Trust intends to initiate projects like building a Jazz Hall of Fame to chronicle and preserve the history of jazz in Zimbabwe,” read part of a press statement.
The festival will see the album launch and CD sales of Chapter 1 of the Zimbabwe Jazz series from some of the artists who will be performing on the day.
Acts will be exploring the diverse genre’s sounds such as Afro Fusion Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Township Jazz, Afro Jazz and Classic Jazz.
“Our objective is to design high quality programmes to promote, educate and display jazz talent through seminars and workshops in the short term.
“By far the latest and most exciting and truly enterprising initiative by The Zimbabwe Jazz Community Trust is to also empower new and existing commercial organizations in Zimbabwe to promote jazz in their own chosen ways.
“To this end we as a trust have identified an undeniable need and a paramount necessity to invert our weekly Back 2 Jazzics brand as a standalone, sustainable and commercially viable entity whose main thrust is the identification, production and marketing of jazz talent throughout Zimbabwe,” the trust said.
Jazz queens such as Prudence Katomeni Mbofana, Raven Duchess, Rute Mbangwa and Hope Masike among others will keep merrymakers entertained till late.