Mbira songstress Hope Masike is to introduce a new act featuring traditional mbira music fused with Jazz and Hip Hop. Catch her at The Princess of Mbira, a show at the Harare International School (HIS) Theatre this Saturday night.
Princesses are known to be refined and graceful, with beauty in movement. They have tasteful opulence in form, decoration, presentation, restraint and grace of style. All this, and more, is expected from Hope on Saturday.
Hope, who is affectionately known as the mbira princess, explains: “This will be a new act, meaning new songs, new presentation of the songs and new choreography.”
The musician, who usually performs solo, will this time be accompanied by a live band. “I am also recording a live DVD during this set, so the band and I and the rest of the cast of this show are looking forward to the 5th. We promise nothing but the best,” she said.
The concert will take the audience through a journey of not just mbira but traditional music, demonstrating the rich African music heritage and all that’s beautiful about Africa.
Barely six years in the industry, Hope Masike has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in mbira music, having toured several countries including Norway, Zambia, South Africa, and Netherlands among others. She has collaborated with several international and local musicians including the Norwegian based group Monoswezi, the Monkey Nuts and Bokani Dyer.
The show will also act as a farewell gig as she is set leave for Berlin, Germany to perform at the Music and Migration Festival on 12 October.
Early this year, Masike won the NAMA Outstanding Female Musician of the Year award.
The show starts at 8pm. Tickets will be sold at the venue from 6pm. $5 for ordinary seats and $10 for VIP seats. After 8pm, tickets will be $15.