ITa��S the post-election season and the arts seem to be roaring back to life. Last week Bulawayo held what could easily be one of the flagship events in the city.
The event named Bulawayo Jazz Festival was held at Homestead Centre and had in its line-up, the crA?me de la crA?me of Bulawayo music.
It featured Jeys Marabini, Cool Crooners, The Outfit Band, Thandy Dlana Jele, CJ, Focus, Prosper and Ammara Brown to name a few.
As with many other local events the biggest disappointment will be the audience numbers. I wish many people were there to see a group of five young people called Focus.
They are the newest and hardest hitting acapella sensations in the country. They make everyone else seem pedestrian.
I also wish the event was supported so that the new promoter has more energy for the next events. You should have seen the stage set up, it was amazing. I am sure Homestead will soon be the venue of choice for many.
It is central and has just about everything in terms of facilities. Outside of Focus a acapella, Thandy Dlana Jele also stole the show, she has matured and can surely take her place in the female space.
I like that she plays her own songs (not that there is a problem with covers) and she had people either dancing or finding something to sing along to.
This weekend Bulawayo Theatre Club is hosting the third episode of Imbube Expo. This again is one event that deserves all our attention. Imbube has crossed borders and is celebrated the world over.
Imagine eight amazing imbube groups on one stage on the same day. Well, you dona��t have to imagine it, ita��s happening. For an advance fee of only $3 one can watch award winning Black Umfolosi, Indosakusa (Formerly Umpumelelo Shining Stars), Ukukhanya Kwezwe, Ijongosi, Ibutho LikaKristu, Sunduza, Man of Influence and Amaqhawe eNkosi.
I can think of many reasons why one should not miss this show. If not for the music and the love of the art, it should be for the amazing world celebrated Black Umfolosi or the future kings of the Sound Indosakusa who have worked with South African legendary Imbube outfit Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Bulawayo Theatre also plays host to Mandla The Comediana��s first ever one-man show. Riding on the success of his brand after scooping two awards this year, the show is dubbed a�?Am I dreaminga�? and features hip-hop sensations Msiz Kay and Cal_Vin. The show will be on the 18th of August.
The mother of all August shows should the Jeys Marabini 2018 album launch. I was lucky to walk into one of his studio sessions and I must say I am looking forward to Ntunjambila (name of the new album). Jeys is a performer par excellence and a perfectionist. Thirty-one August will be lit.
Until next week, be safe… @nkuenkala 0772214373