By style Reporter
Sweden-based Zimbabwean artiste Luckson Chikutu’s star continues to rise as he was invited to participate at this year’s edition of the Kulturerna Karneval (Cultural Carnival) Festival to be held at Engelska Parken, Uppsala, Sweden, on May 25.
The two-day cultural festival will see Chikutu, who is affectionately known as ManLurkerz, perfoming for the first time.
Speaking from his base in Sweden, Chikutu confirmed the invite and said he was happy to represent his country at a bigger platform.
“I feel honoured to be part of such a big event. The Cultural Carnival Festival invited me to participate and this shows that my own culture has a good impact towards their goal,” Chikutu said.
“I like sharing my culture with different people. I am going to perform Zimbabwean traditional music in my mother language though I will first explain it to them in Swedish. I will also use both face and body expressions to deliver my message.”
The festival is community-based and is held annually in May since 2009.
This year’s edition of the carnival will end on May 26 and has attracted names like Afrobeatos Dance Explosion, Teater Prego and Balkan Madness, among others.
After relocating to Sweden, Chikutu has been doing a lot in marketing Zimbabwean culture in the Scandanavian country.
He has done this through music, storytelling and hosting cultural workshops among other artistic disciplines. Chikutu was among the three nominees in the Diaspora category in this year’s edition of the National Arts Merit Awards.
He leads the Zimbabwe Traditional Unity Band that made up of instrumentalists from both African and European countries.