Zimfest, a global celebration of arts and culture bringing together Zimbabwe’s young and established artists, will host its second Harare edition on December 22 at Harare Sports Club.
The event will this year run under the theme “Raindance” and event organisers have promised multi-dimensional exploration of the diversity of Zimbabwean culture through interplay arts and sports.
“The event will feature established artists, schools bands and dance troops. There will also be a DJs arena where people can dance all day to a wide selection of music to suit all tastes,” said the festival’s project manager, Mike Tashaya.
He said that confirmed artistes included hip hop artist Tehn Diamond, rock and indie fusion band Evicted, Chikwata263 and mbira star Hope Masike. Confirmed DJs are Toby Two Shoes and Rex & Regis amongst other,
Other activities will include a sevens rugby and five-aside soccer tournaments in the morning.
“Zimfest Harare is set to deliver a memorable day for everyone and the most important aspect of it is that it is a charity event and funds raised will be channelled towards supporting charities that work in youth development, education, human rights delivery and the provision of basic support for Zimbabweans in need,” added Tashaya.
He said Zimfest would assist a number of organisations, including the Just Children Foundation that looks after needy children.
Zimfest was established in 2001 by a group of Zimbabweans based in the UK and has since grown to become a global brand. The annual festival has been held successfully over the last 12 years. It has grown to become one of the biggest African festivals and last year it attracted over 5 000 people.
The event now takes place in five cities across the globe namely Harare, London, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Perth and Brisbane.
Harare 2012 Line up
Main Stage Artists:
1. Rusike Brothers
2. Jusa Dementor
3. Chikwata 263
5. Chris Wright
6. Davina Green
8. Hope Masike
9. Cynthia Mare
11. Jah Prayzah
DJ Dance Arena:
1. Dj Smoove (Deon Fulton)
3. Simba Smooth
4. Smooth Spinner (USA)
5. Kimble Rodgers (ZiFM)
6. Toby2Shoes (Cape Town – Headline DJ)
7. Reverb 7 featuring Simba Tags
8. Dj Naida (Power FM)
9. Rob Macson