Ibumba fest calls for artistes

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Int­wasa Arts Fes­ti­val koBu­l­awayo has come and gone, and now fo­cus is on the Ibumba In­ter­na­tional Arts fes­ti­val.

Prepa­ra­tions for the an­nual fete or­gan­ised by Siyaya Arts En­sem­ble and sup­ported by Sa­bela Mu­sic projects have be­gun with or­gan­is­ers call­ing on artistes to sub­mit pro­pos­als for con­sid­er­a­tion.

The fes­ti­val, a cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic, dance and theatre has been themed “Mix it Up”. The fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin on De­cem­ber 16, end­ing on De­cem­ber 22 in Makokoba.

Fes­ti­val founder Sai­mon “Mam­bazo” Phiri said artistes who want to be part of the event must sub­mit their works through their web­site – ibum­bafes­ti­val. net and so­cial me­dia plat­forms – Twit­ter, Face­book and In­sta­gram.

Ex­plain­ing the Mix it up theme, Mam­bazo said: “This year, we’re mix­ing up Ok­wethu (What We Own), Esi­lakho (What We Have) and Esik­wa­belayo (What We Share), for a united artis­tic voice,” said Phiri.

“The fes­ti­val has new part­ners and we’re ex­plor­ing new foot­prints.”

He added that the fes­ti­val, which is now in its 18th edi­tion, was hop­ing to bring out dif­fer­ent cul­tures in the city through artis­tic ex­pres­sion.

“Through art, we’ll show our way of life, our iden­tity as a peo­ple, our re­sources, tra­di­tions, arts and cul­ture that have sus­tained our peo­ple for years. Bu­l­awayo peo­ple are known for their hos­pi­tal­ity as well as be­ing the cul­tural hub of the coun­try.”

In the past, the fes­ti­val has seen groups such as Black Um­folosi, Sa­van­nah Arts, Ingwe, Kwa­bat­sha and Sibanye per­form. It has also at­tracted artistes from South Africa, Zam­bia, Ghana and Ger­many. —@bon­ganinkunzi .

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