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Female artistes collaborate for Intwasaa��s 10th anniversary

AN all female collaboration between three Zimbabwean songbirds is set to feature during this yeara��s 10th anniversary of the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo.
The three musicians from diverse musical backgrounds have collaborated on a set which has been titled Amawala referring to Those That Shine.

Intwasa Arts Festival director Raisedon Baya said the collaboration is driven by the unity and shared respect.

a�?Amawala (Those That Shine) is a vibrant collaboration between leading Zimbabwean women artistes from diverse musical backgrounds.A� The collaboration is between Rute Mbangwa (jazz), Edith we Utonga (contemporary traditional), and Tina Watyoka (afro-pop), backed by some of Zimbabwea��s gifted instrumentalists.

a�?With each of the women already in the music industry and well-known names in Zimbabwe, Amawala is a unique collaboration fuelled by a strong sense of unity and mutual respect.

Their differences make them stronger together, and the energy between them is electric,a�? he said.

The collaboration has been powered by the Female Literary Arts and Media Enterprise (FLAME).

a�?The three women have continued their collaboration, supported by the gender project FLAME (Female Literary Arts and Media Enterprise) of Pamberi Trust, one of Zimbabwea��s wide reaching arts development organisations.

a�?Pamberi Trust exists to facilitate the arts, and along with programmes for youth, gender and freedom of expression. One of its missions is Re-linking Communities through Culture,a�? said Baya.

Rute Mbangwa is a 1998 graduate from Children Performing Arts Workshop (Chipawo). She is a renowned and seasoned jazz artiste in Zimbabwe who performs with her own backing band.

Tina Watyoka is a young Zimbabwean singer, composer and musician who ventured into music at a tender age. She recorded her debut album Introducing Tina in 2010.

Edith Katiji, after completing her secondary education, pursued music with the Army School of Music in Bulawayo, where she started off as a vocalist with the Army Band and later moved to Amakhosi Cultural Centre.

After doing a musical instruments crash course for women musicians there, Amakhosikazi, an all-female group was created where she started off as a composer and lead vocalist and later discovered her passion for the bass guitar.

The festival is set to run from 23-27 September 2014.