Zimbabwe’s two most promising female artistes South Africa-based beauty Berita Khumalo and another vivacious singer Shingi Mangoma will be part of the forthcoming Harare Jazz Festival scheduled for September 13 at Belgravia Sports Club.
Award-winning Berita has become a darling of South African music lovers for her exquisite music. She last performed in the country at superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s birthday bash last year.
Mangoma on the other hand has made an equal amount of noise on the scene at the few shows that she has performed in Harare.
Although little is known of Berita in Zimbabwe, the musician has made heads turn in South Africa and has often been compared to Zahara.
The musician said on Friday she is thrilled to be performing at the festival.
“I am thrilled to be performing at this year’s Harare Jazz Festival. It is a huge honour to be a part of such an extraordinary line-up!” she said.
She said she has big plans for Harare that will see her performing more frequently in the country.
“I have big plans for Zimbabwe including performances and other exciting projects in the pipeline. It is just a matter of time,” said Berita.
Berita who has so far collaborated with Mtukudzi and Hugh Masekela on a yet to be released track will also get a chance to perform alongside Dorothy Masuku.
Masuku and Berita will play backed by Summer Breeze in a 30-minute set.Mangoma who is currently working on her debut album scheduled for release this December will be performing alongside Tanga weKwaSando in another potentially explosive set.
Other artistes to perform at the one day festival include Kudzai Sevenzo, Marcy Janure, Patience Musa, Ritchie Lopes and Malene Chenjerayi featuring in a 45-minute jazz invitation.
Dudu Manhenga will be performing a township jazz set alongside Norman Masamba, Matthew Ngorima, Kudakwashe Mucheche, Frank Mavhimira and Silence Nqonqo Nhendere.
Another major highlight will be Nigerian guitarist Kunle Ayo who performs with Enock Piroro, Nick Nare, Blessing Muparutsa and Othnell Mangoma Moyo.
Mbare Trio will also be in the fold together with the Bulawayo Kwela and Cool Crooners to give a touch of traditional Zimbabwean jazz.
The program hits a climax with Masekela who is expected to bring the house down before Mokoomba takes over for the after party.