Zimbabwe Jazz Festival 2023 to showcase local and international talent in Bulawayo and Harare


The Zimbabwe Jazz Festival 2023, hosted by the Zimbabwe Jazz Community Trust (ZJCT) and Alliance Française, is set to take place on September 22 and 23 in Bulawayo and Harare respectively. The festival will feature some of the country’s finest jazz musicians, as well as a special guest from South Africa.

Zimbabwe Jazz Festival 2023 set for next week in Bulawayo and Harare

The festival strives to promote and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwean jazz, while providing a platform for local artists to showcase their talent to a wider audience. The theme for this year’s edition is ‘local flavour’, which reflects the diversity and creativity of the Zimbabwean jazz scene.

In Bulawayo, the festival will commence with a free show at the Alliance Française de Bulawayo premises on Heyman Road from 6-10 pm. The lineup includes Ngoma iNgoma, George Phahlane, Mahlaba, and Josh Meck from Harare.

In Harare, the festival will continue with a show at the Alliance Française de Harare premises on 328 Herbert Chitepo Avenue from 2-10 pm. 

The lineup features renowned artists such as Max Vidima from South Africa, Victor Kunonga, Vera, Nicholar, Patrick Lupi, visitors Cool Crooners from Bulawayo, The Travellers Band from Gweru as well as Filbert Marpva and Friends. 

Tickets for the Harare show are $20 on the day and $15 in advance.

ZJCT chairperson Robert Basvi said that this is the perfect opportunity for all jazz lovers to savour the finest of jazz sounds in Zimbabwe.

“Following the success of 2022, this year’s festival promises to leave an equally enduring flavour on the musical tastebuds of the jazz-lover. Audiences can expect a mixed bag of local jazz interpretations dished out by Zimbabwe’s various polished artists. 

“We urge all jazz-lovers to come and enjoy sweet home-brewed jazz which will certainly whet their jazz appetite and leave them with an enjoyable, lingering local flavour playing on their minds,” said ZJCT chairperson Robert Basvi.

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