On Sunday the 28th September 2014, Shoko Festival brought ‘Peace in the Hood’ – a live music concert, to the town of Chitungwiza.
Peace in the Hood consists of a stage under a large tent and a sound system that produces a large sound! Visitors park their cars wherever they please and it seems one of the things to do is sit on your bonnet or boot and have a few drinks while being entertained.
When a well known artist arrives such as Ba shupi, or Dadza D (who resides in the area), the children give them the warmest welcome, shouting their names and throwing out fist bumps.
Ba Shupi gave a lively performance as usual and the thronging crowd received it well!
Buddy Wakefield (USA) performance poet, three-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion poses with some Chi town kids.
Every year a designated area such as a wall or public toilet is chosen for Zimbabwe’s best graffiti artists to do a performance piece in spray paint.
Crowds watch as the artists lay down designs.
Shoko Festival’s Trusty Driver Jerry transports local and international artists to and from Chi Town.
A large portion of the crowd are children, who naturally make it a vibrant, fresh and exciting event.
Alex (USA) performed his fire poi, local break dancers joined in the circle, the crowds went mad, chanting “Fire, fire!”
Local musician poses for shot during the performance of Dadza D who filled the tent with an overwhelmingly excited crowd.