Harare’s leading mbira songstress Hope Masike is set to perform at Zambia’s Barefeet Festival on 31 August.
Masike, affectionately known as the mbira princess, will be traveling with a full band for the first time since 2009.
She is to be part of the closing show of the festival’s main stage, in a show that celebrates Africa’s great female voices entitled the Lioness.
Apart from the main stage performance, Masike will also collaborate with Zambian musicians Maureen Lilanda and Mutinta and a choir of orphaned children. It is part of the festival ethos for children to have an opportunity to collaborate with professional artists.
Hope Masike said she was humbled to be collaborating with children because she is who she is as a result of her role models.
“I always pray to be a positive inspiration to the young ones. I am very delighted to have been granted an opportunity to do exactly that,” she said.
Masike last travelled with her five-member band in 2009 when Alliance Francaise of Harare and of Gaborone invited her to play for Fete de la Music in Botswana.
With two albums to her name, Hope Masike is one of the most celebrated female musicians of her generation. She has merged mbira with various genres including Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz and Reggae.
Masike’s collaborations have included Norwegian band Monoswezi, South African pianist Bokani Dyer, Mozambican saxophonist Muzila Malembe, and local Hip Hop outfit The Monkey Nuts. She won a NAMA accolade for Outstanding Female Musician in recognition of her achievements.
“My local and international gig schedule will be on my website, Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/hopemasikesmusic and other online networks,” she said.
The Barefeet Festival will run from 26 to 31 August.