It’s that time once again; HIFA 2017
HIFA roars into life this Tuesday the 2nd of May 2017. HIFA is committed to originality, excellence and making the world a better place through art. This week Harare is transformed into a buzzing culture zone with six days of theater, music, dance, fine art, and poetry.
The 2017 HIFA features more than 200 performances, including some world premieres of new work. HIFA introduces 200 artists from 25 countries to Harare and more than 110,000 people are expected to be part of the proceedings. Main attractions include the Let Our Song Be Sung and Crazy Poet programs.
Like Edinburgh, Wellington and other compact festival cities around the globe, Harare’s geography, lively central city and diverse and culturally engaged population make it the ideal location for an event like this. That’s one of the many reasons why many organizations are proud partners of HIFA including but not limited to Old Mutual, ZOL, Coca-Cola, CABS, MultiChoice, HIVOS, EU, British Council and the Australian Government.
Check out the HIFA 2017 Programme to keep in the loop for upcoming performances and events.
LET OUR SONG BE SUNG
With its reputation for innovation, this year’s edition will kick off (2 May 2017) with a performance from Mahube. The regional supergroup brings together Southern Africa’s top musicians in an explosive collaboration directed by the multi-award winning Steve and Bokani Dyer. Eighteen years after Mahube’s performance at the first ever HIFA, the group returns to Harare’s stage with a superb ensemble that includes Steve Dyer(SA), wind instruments/voice; Bokani Dyer (Botswana/SA), piano/keyboards; Oliver Mtukudzi(Zimbabwe), featured vocals /mbira; Mbuso Khoza (SA), featured vocals; Xixel Langa (Mozambique), featured vocals, Josh Meck(Zimbabwe), bass guitar; Sam Mataure(Zimbabwe), drums; Mangoma Moyo(Zimbabwe), percussion.
The choreographic elements of this spectacular opening show are conceived by Soukaina Edom, featuring performances by DTZ /National Ballet of Zimbabwe, Breakthrough Productions, Jerahuni Movement Factory, M&M Dance Factory, The AfriKera Dance Theatre team and Zimboys Acrobats
Part of the launch of two poetry CDs, this is a highly engaging performance featuring famed Zimbabwean performance poet Albert Nyathi with Dr. Daniel Low-Beer, an international poet and also WHO’s Coordinator based in Geneva. The Crazy Poets band also features brilliant guitarist, Mono Mukundu, and velvet-voiced vocalist Dereck Mpofu, among others. A meaningful artistic contribution to the conversation about ending HIV will be presented by Albert Nyathi.
It’s been described as the greatest show on earth, with epic performances. Please don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Get a ticket and be part of HIFA 2017!