..Alkamai and Mariachi (Alka-Yachi from this moment forward) performed on the Coca Cola Green. They put on an impressive (LIVE BAND..nuffsaid) and very energetic show. I’m sad that local HIPHOP tends to get relegated to the Coke Green and never makes it to paid venues like the Global Stage..or how about some INNOVATION HIFA and creating a paid venue specifically for local bands? Our young ‘urban’ music artists have grown since Jonathan Moyo’s 100% local policy (with thanks in part due to it). #supportlocalmusic
HIFA is always a time of relief where you can walk around with a camera and take picks in the Harare CBD without too much of a problem. This years festival titled a Show of Spirit was a packed programme. Over the next posts I will be uploading my experiences at this years showcase.
The main highlight for me at HIFA2012 was Ismaël Lô. I traveled all the way from Joburg to hear him sing Jammu Africa Live and I was not disappointed at all. he was so smooth on the stage and didnt seem to put any effort in his vocals, reminded me of seeing Salif Keita life a few years back. Legend! Tajabone was also very emotional, I saw people crying in the crowd!!! He had the crowd participating with a bet that the women would respond better than the men. More pics here.
Edith We Utonga had the afternoon session on the last day of HIFA 2012. She was joined on stage with Ba Shupi and Stunner. The day before she had shared the stage with Publish the Quest from the United States. On the final night she shared the stage with the Legendary Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mutukudzi and Ishmael Lo. Look out for Ediths’ Tour of East Africa later on this year. More Pics