As our favourite musicians stage shows across the country for us to celebrate the festive season, Hope Masike comes with a unique concert of her own. Titled ‘Mbira and all that Jazz’, the concert will be held on Saturday the 13th of December at Alliance Francaise from 7.30pm.
Her mbira-playing skill, which most people know her for earned her the title ‘Princess of Mbira’. This time she takes a stand to showcase her other musical talents, taking her audience beyond mbira.
With occasional stints of Jazz-inspired mbira playing, most of her repertoire of the concert will comprise Jazz standards. It shall be an hour and a half main set plus a brief opening act. Quiet moments with Hope Masike sitting on a stool with her mbira will be particular highlights of the night as she will alter common traditional songs into tasteful jazz.
‘I remember looking up at the Manneberg, longing to grow old enough to be able to get in and listen to the Jazz gurus of that time. Now, some days I really miss live Jazz music, I look around Harare and there is absolutely no Jazz anywhere- I mean real Jazz. So I thought, if I was feeling this starved of Jazz proper, how many other people out there feel the same. I decided then to bring in the man who taught me my very first Jazz standard at the college of music, Filbert Marova and do a concert of songs from the real Books of Jazz. So to all Jazz lovers, I have a special Christmas gift for you and your loved ones.’
This might surprise many people but Hope Masike’s music degree studies were in Jazz.
‘Bring together Shona vocalisations and Jazz scats, then you have my voice. Such a concert gives me wings to explore vocally. I am hoping my audience will fly with me,’ she added.
She will be joined on stage by one of Zimbabwe’s best Jazz pianists, Filbert Marova and Blessing Chimanga on drums.
If you are a Jazz fan, this is one concert not to miss.