Make some noise - a concert for freedom in zimbabwe
Magamba, the Cultural Activist Network, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum and LNM Entertainment, will hold a festival - Make Some Noise - aimed at building people-to-people solidarity in the region and keeping the spotlight on the Zimbabwean crisis.
The concert will kick-off in front of hundreds of people at the Bassline, Johannesburg next Sunday. This date - March 29 - is symbolically exactly one year on from the elections rigged and stolen by ZANU-PF.
The concert will feature leading Southern African artists who preach change and make people move at the same time. From South Africa there will be the diligent Napo Masheane, Kwani Experience collaborating with Pops Mohamed, Tumi and the Volume featuring Zubz. Lebo Mashile will host the event and the industrious DJ Kenzhero will supply the tunes.
From Botswana, TJ Dema (Tjawangwa Dema) will represent the country. TJ Dema is a performance poet, creative writer, columnist and voice over artist.
She is a founding member of Botswana's acclaimed Exodus live poetry! collective, 2002 International Poet of Merit award holder, 2007 International Society of Poets Poetry Ambassador and 2007 Bessie Head Literature award first runner-up.
Representing Mozambique will be the meticulous dub/reggae outfit, 340ml. 340ml is part of the exciting, new alternative music movement growing in popularity among the youth of all backgrounds.
"Anyone who knows anything about 340ml, the Mozambican dub-jazz foursome, which has been based in Jozi for about the last eight years, will know two things: (a) they never hurry, and (b) the wait is usually worth it."
Zimbabwe will be represented by an inspiring blend of renowned artists and a new generation of riotous voices. Of the two veteran artists Chirikure Chirikure is a respected, outspoken Zimbabwean poet who has performed often in South Africa and overseas, while Steve Makoni is Zimbabwe's premier solo guitarist whose lyrics dig deeper into society. Representing the new generation is the explosive, freedom fighter band Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka.
Despite their heavily political debut album being banned in their own country, Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka have toured extensively and Jozi will be their first leg in a month-long tour encompassing South Africa, the USA and West Africa.
Also symbolising the new voices of Zimbabwe are Outspoken and The Essence - Harare's fresh, politically-charged afro-soul Hip-hop band - alongside Upmost and Stan - a soulful spoken word and solo guitar duo.
The inaugural Make Some Noise concert held in Johannesburg in December 2007 was successful, attended by 200 people and covered by various mainstream South African media. The second in the series saw nearly 300 people attending with the event covered by media from seven different countries
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