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Acts from: Mandy from Nigeria, Kagiso Lediga from South Africa, Patric Salvador from Uganda, Carl Joshua from Zimbabwe and Eric Omondi from Kenya
Performance by Queen Mashie
Sandra Mashiringo a.k.a Queen Mashie was born on March 10 1982,in Gutu, Masvingo, Zimbabwe. She started singing early in class four as a member of the school choir but her progression was interrupted when she joined high school that had no music teacher. She joined the catholic church choir, instead, where she excelled and represented in music competition.
After high school she moved to Harare to join her elder brother and accomplished musician ,Andy Brown, who convinced her to ditch the computer studies she had gone to pursue for a career in music because he thought she had a talent from hearing her singing around the house and in 2002 she joined Andy Brown and Storm band where she got her musical experience. She later joined the Vintage Band as a lead singer with that veteran guitarist Mdhara Timi Makaya.
In 2006 she moved to Nairobi Kenya to pursue her musical career. She worked with Nyota Safi Band and later joined The Tutu Band and was signed with Sound Africa and recorded her first album Kare Kare (long time ago). She did collaborations with different artists from Kenya and Zimbabwe, and produce her second album CD/DVD Queen Mashie Collaboration.
Queen Mashie also performed at the Sauti Za Busara Festival 2008 with Afrodynamics ,a composite of various musicians from different parts of the world (France, Mozambique, Senegal, Austria and Zimbabwe) With the influence from Chiwoniso (mbira maestro),Queen Mashie started playing mbira (the traditional instrument widely played in Zimbabwe, Congo (known as Likembe and other African counties) in 2008.
She composed and recorded her first mbira song on Kare Kare album and on her upcoming album Mbijana Mbijana.
Dates: June 19, 2013 to June 23, 2013
Venue: BC Nairobi
For more info visit: Kwani?
Kwani Trust and British Council Kenya will collaborate with Granta UK to host a week of literary events in Nairobi between 19th-23rd June 2013. The joint literary programming week will include a launch of the latest Granta issue, ‘Best of Young British Novelists 4’; a three-day fiction-writing workshop; a lecture by the visiting writers from Granta, UK-based Somali Writer, Nadifa Mohamed and British Writer Adam Foulds, at Daystar University; and a 2013 elections evening symposium based on related work by Kwani Trust.
15 selected emerging Kenyan writers will join visiting writers from Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and Nigeria for the workshop and other literary events.
Regional British Council offices have partnered with literary organisations from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda to select a writer from each of the countries to attend the fiction workshop, along with a corresponding Literature Programmers’ workshop with participants from the countries above.
Dates: February 14-17, 2013
Venue: Old Fort in Zanzibar
Festival Tickets*: EA Residents US $29, International Visitors US $109
Programme: Festival Timetable
*Festival admission prices vary with citizeship. Find full info here
The festival will celebrate a lifetime achievement of bringing together artists and audiences from around Africa and beyond with enriching cultural experiences, promoting cultural diversity and social development for the past 10 years.
Sauti za Busara is an annual music event in East Africa and widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’. This edition will feature 200 musicians: more than twenty five groups from East Africa and beyond; acoustic and electric, upcoming and established – all performing live.
The Old Fort will host three nights of non-stop live music, with the main programme continuing Friday through Sunday with performances from 5pm until 1am.
The festival also features African Music Films: documentaries, music videos and live concert footage, all focused on promoting the richness and diversity of African music as screened in the amphitheatre of the Old Fort.
Headline Artist Cheikh Lo – Senegal
Headline artist for the 10th edition of Sauti za Busara is internationally acclaimed Baye Fall artist Cheikh Lo from Senegal. A superb singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist and drummer he has personalized and distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa, to create a style that is uniquely his own.
To celebrate ten years of Sauti za Busara, the festival showcases “Best of the Best”; audience favourites of past years including Tanzania’s DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra.
Zanzibar’s Culture Musical Club will also showcase at the 10th edition and they remain the most prolific and successful taarab orchestra from East Africa.
Other main acts include Khaira Arby (Mali), Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka (Zimbabwe), Atongo Zimba (Ghana), N’Faly Kouyaté (Guinea), Nathalie Natiembe (Reunion), Nawal & Les Femmes de la Lune (Comoros/Mayotte), Wazimbo (Mozambique), The Moreira Project (Mozambique/South Africa), Owiny Sigoma Band (Kenya/UK), Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Msafiri Zawose & Sauti Band (Tanzania), Mani Martin (Rwanda), Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso/USA), Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania), Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal/Sweden), Super Maya Baikoko (Tanzania), Peter Msechu (Tanzania) and many more.
Sauti za Busara will continue to host the Movers & Shakers networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals. This networking space facilitates discussions, exchange and development of ideas on the creative industries in the East African region and beyond.
It’s not just the festival that puts on a show; the local community is encouraged to take part by hosting Busara Xtra fringe events. These include traditional ngoma drum and dance, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestras as arranged by the local community.
For More Information: www.busaramusic.org