DON'T MISS THIS: Kunzwana trans-cultural music collaboration

Staff Reporter

Zoo Lake is set to come alive when a collaboration of music and storytelling between artists from Austria, France and Zimbabwe take to the Moyo stage.

Kunzwana #1 is a transcultural collaboration of improvised music and storytelling. (Supplied)

This Friday 9 May, Moyo at Zoo Lake hosts Kunzwana #1 – a transcultural collaboration of improvised music and storytelling. The event will be a vivid encounter between seven musicians from Austria, France and Zimbabwe, and will strike a balance between different styles and cultures.

Involved in the Kunzwana #1 collaboration are some of Zimbabwe’s most creative and exciting young artists: Hope Masike (mbira), Josh Meck (bass, guitar), Blessing Chimanga (drums) and Orthnell “Mangoma” Moyo (percussion) with Isabelle Duthoit (France/voice, clarinet), Franz Hautzinger (Austria/trumpet) and Werner Puntigam (Austria/trombone, conch shell).

There will also be a focus on mbira- and Chimurenga-inspired contemporary music styles. The tour started with a visit by the Austrian musicians to the group Simonga in the remote village of Siachilaba, in the Zambezi Valley. An encounter with the traditional Ngoma Buntibe musical art form of the Tonga people, highlighted as a source of inspiration for the new things still to come.

After intense rehearsals, interaction and performances in Harare, the transcultural ensemble Kunzwana #1 will go on to perform in venues in South Africa, with a number of further joint performances are already lined up at music festivals in Austria in July.

When Friday May 9 6.30pm
Where Moyo Zoo Lake, Johannesburg
Info Cover charge R100

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