Silence engulfs OH as Jacaranda Fest ends

South Africa’s Grammy award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo nailed it on Saturday night, proving why they are globally renowned.

ECHOES of a variety of music sounds which had characterised Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare faded last night, marking the end of the three-day Stanbic Jacaranda Music Festival.

South African multi-award-winning artiste Judith Sephuma, popularly known as the Queen of Afro-jazz, shared the stage with fellow countryman Sun-El Musician as the exhilarating festival came to a glorious end.

Organised by Ngoma neHosho, the lively festival, a celebration of music, arts and culture, brought together local and international artists, musicians, festival organisers and show goers.

Musicians across genres such as Afro-jazz, dancehall, urban grooves and Amapiano took turns to entertain fans in a programme split into day and night events.

The festival thrived in delivering a unique experience with soul-stirring and foot-tapping performances by artistes who gave the music lovers value for their money.

The festival’s tone was set during a two-day Stanbic Bank Jacaranda Music Business Conference held on Wednesday and Thursday last week at The Venue in Avondale, Harare.

Renowned South African songstress Yvonne Chaka Chaka, popularly known as the Princess of Africa, was the keynote speaker at the conference, a platform for networking, education and exchange of industry knowledge.

Some of the topics covered at the conference included music production, intellectual property rights with a focus on music, as well as how to effectively take part on regional and international festival stages.

On Friday, it was South African musician Murumba Pitch who put up sterling a performance.

Compatriot Daliwonga, who was also supposed to perform on the night, failed to show up amid health-related issues.

Among the local musicians who performed at the concert was the ever-impressive songbird Tammy Moyo, who enthralled the audience by proving why the festival organisers signed her.

Other artistes who were also part of the line-up on the night included dancehall singer Mannex Motsi, Those Guys Vacho and DJ Chiweddah, among others.

South Africa’s Grammy award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo nailed it on Saturday night, proving why they are globally renowned.

The male choral group headlined the evening concert, where they also shared the stage with fellow country songbird Ami Faku and South African house duo, Black Motion.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was supported by Afro-jazz singer Selmor Mtukudzi, urban groover ExQ, Matthew “Mateo” Kaunda, Sylent Nqo, rasta kwasa musician Dino Mudondo, Willom Tight and Samuel Cosmic, among others.

Festival goers were earlier in the day entertained by Afro-pop musician Norman Masamba, Samuel Cosmic and King Her, among others.

Last night was graced by Sephuma, Sun-El Musician, American jazz band Birckhead, Gary Tight, Gwevedzi, Vuyo Brown, Alexio Kawara, Ammara Brown and Ndlovu Youth Choir, among other acts.

The Jacaranda Music Festival, which began in 2018, appears to be growing from strength to strength.

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