IMBUBE IS NOT DEAD Lo­cal groups hold fes­ti­val

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Worldwide - Nh­lal­wenhle Ng­wenya

IN a bid to re­vive imbube mu­sic in the coun­try, six lo­cal groups have come to­gether to or­gan­ise an Imbube mu­sic fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val tak­ing place at the Bu­l­awayo Theatre to­day will be held un­der the theme: “United we stand, di­vided we fall”.

Groups Sun­duza, Ibutho LikaKristu, Ukukhanya Kwezwe, Men of in­flu­ence, Great Stars, Im­pumelelo Shin­ing Stars will per­form at the event which also seeks to unite peo­ple through mu­sic.

Os­car Siz­iba, one of the fes­ti­val’s or­gan­is­ers said it was high time groups unite to pro­mote the imbube genre in the coun­try.

“We re­alised that imbube is no longer pop­u­lar as it was back when we were grow­ing up hence the de­ci­sion to hold this fes­ti­val,” said Siz­iba.

He said the fes­ti­val was also aimed at ad­dress­ing stereo­types that Imbube is mu­sic for beer­halls and min­ing towns.

“Imbube is a genre that’s recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally, not only in mines and beer­halls as peo­ple have been made to be­lieve. As Imbube mu­si­cians, we’re slowly pen­e­trat­ing the modern mar­ket,” he said.

“We’re host­ing this fes­ti­val to make a stand for our genre,” he said.

Siz­iba said the genre was dy­ing be­cause there were no fes­ti­vals and shows to ex­pose and pro­mote it.

“We’ve re­solved to make this an an­nual event and will have our al­bums and other sou­venirs avail­able at the fes­ti­val” said Siz­iba.

Tick­ets to the event are on sale at Enia Hair stu­dio (cor­ner 2nd Ave and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street).

Imbube is one of the great­est South­ern African mu­si­cal gen­res that was used to mo­bilise peo­ple to fight set­tler op­pres­sion.

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