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Vic Falls to honour world liberation heroes

The late Oliver Mtukudzi (right) and the late South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela (centre) will be honoured in Victoria Falls tomorrow. With them is another legendary musician Steve Dyer.

By Sindiso Dube

The resort town of Victoria Falls will tomorrow play host to the Global Rainbow Concert as part of the National Heroes Day commemorations where different nationalities will also join in to honour their own.

The musical project is meant to celebrate songs that liberated the world at large and it comes to Zimbabwe on a day that the nation remembers its fallen heroes.

The Global Rainbow group, which comprises seasoned instrumentalists based in South Africa like Dan Chiorboli, Tebogo Sedumedi, Nseka Gilberto and Peter Djamba, is expected to dazzle fans having returned from a successful trip to Italy.

They will perform liberation songs from various countries, including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Italy, Cuba and South Africa.

Sibonginkosi Tshabalala of Big Scale Entertainment, who are behind the event, has promised show goers an exciting night that will bring nations together.

“Like the name of the show suggests, it’s a rainbow moment where music and dance will unite the world in Victoria Falls,” said Tshabalala.

“Locals and tourists will have a good nostalgic moment on the day as we pay tribute to fallen heroes such as Nelson Mandela and Josiah Tongogara, Joshua Nkomo, Chris Hani; and music heroes like Oliver Mtukudzi, Ray Phiri, Johnny Clegg, Biggie Tembo and Hugh Masekela, among many others.”

The songs, which were recorded at Nelson Mandela Theatre in South Africa, are digitally linked to 20 studios worldwide by artistes from countries as diverse as France, La Reunion, Guinea, Burundi, US, Brazil, United Kingdom and others.

Music heavyweights such as Phil Manzarena (Roxy Music ), Juan de Marcos (Cuba), Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers (New Orleans), N’Faly Kouyate and South African Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse were involved in the recording of the music.

Meanwhile, Dendera music heir Sulumani Chimbetu is expected to perform yesteryear hits like Ndarangarira Gamba, One Way and Africa from his late father Simon’s catalogue.

Other local artistes to make the performing list are veteran wordsmith Albert Nyathi, Mr Prince and Black Umfolosi, among others.

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