2 May 2018
. . . Winky D promises fireworks
HIFA 2018 kicked off yesterday and the annual multicultural fete is known for providing an eventful week for festival goers.
Fun is also guaranteed as the event organisers have put in place a star-studded line up of both locals and foreign acts.
Festivities range from theatre performances, music, dance, spoken word, fashion to visual arts where all your needs will be met.
Simply dubbed “We Count”, this year’s edition promises fireworks and merry-makers are already making enquiries to be part of the cultural fete.
For the greater part of the week, we will be serialising some of the major events to look forward to at this year’s edition.
And music being the popular genre at previous editions of Hifa, H-Metro gives fans an insight of some shows to look forward to.
The top South Africa diva renews her romance with locals at this year’s edition.
Lira, who is set to add colour on May 3 at the ZOL Main Stage, is expected to give merry-makers value for their money.
For Zimbabweans who have been itching to meet her over the years, this is the right time to make a date with the diva, thanks to NetOne.
Largely inspired by the late Mama Mirriam Makeba, Lira’s presence will be strongly felt at this event.
Fans will have to fork out $12 for the show.
• WINKY D
After its official opening, all the attention would also be on local acts performing at the event.
And one such person who has never disappointed at Hifa is Winky D.
Buoyed by the success of his latest album – Gombwe – Winky D is also tipped to give merry-makers real value for their money.
After all, Winky D is not new at Hifa 2018 but this time around his inclusion is a bit special as the singer is set to cement his romance with festival goers.
His camp has since promised a show to remember at this year’s edition.
He performs at the ZOL Main Stage on Friday, the ZB Bank Day.
Fans will have to fork out $20.
• HOPE MASIKE
With local female artistes stuttering, all the attention and the last hope would be this mbira princess.
The consistent NAMA award-winner and KORA nominee, returns to the Global Stage this Saturday.
Yesterday, she was part of the acts who performed at the official opening and her performance on Saturday is a must attend.
• FILBERT MAROVA
The revered township jazz exponent and teacher needs no introduction to jazz followers.
His exploits have made him a doyen for Zim jazz where the majority of jazz veterans have either fallen by the wayside or sunk into oblivion.
Marova performs at the Global stage on Saturday at 4pm.
The reputable musical teacher, who is no stranger at international festivals, will be backed by saxophonist Tinashe Mukarati, bass guitarist Tinashe Marova, Blessing Chimanga (drums) and backing vocalists Sharon “Buhl” Ndlovu and Nonny Muhoni.
Marova has been holding a series of shows with this group and the chemistry among band members is simply amazing.
All jazz lovers need to be at the Global Stage on time to Marova and his team in charge.
Besides Winky D and Hope, there are also plenty of other local acts billed to perform at the event.
These include Midlands Christian College, Prince Edward Jazz Band performing today at the Coca Cola Green Stage, Sylent Nqo among others.