By Colette Musanyera
A local musical outfit, Kiat Afrika, has left the country for Tanzania ahead of the 19th Sauti Za Busara Arts and Culture Festival set for the 11th of this month.
Kiat Africa, an Afro traditional band, which was selected among 300 entries from various countries, will represent the country at a three-day festival which will also see another Zimbabwean, Sylent Nqo perform.
The band, which is ecstatic about the development, reckons authenticity is key in music, which they believe contributed to them being selected.
Kiat Afrika band leader, Evans Mapfumo said: “We are very excited and we promise not to disappoint. We will make the nation proud. Our band believes in originality which we believe resulted in us being part of the selected 21 acts.”
Accompanying the band was the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Principal Arts and Culture Promotion Officer, Milton Masaka, who underscored the importance of such festivals in the development of the sector.
“It is our mandate to promote creatives – the reason why we have sponsored this trip. They are not representing Kiat Afrika, but Zimbabwe at large. Art is key in connecting with other countries which is why the Ministry is committed to supporting such initiatives,” Masaka said.
Sauti Za Busara is an annual African Music festival that attracts people from all over the world to celebrate wealth and diversity in African music.
The festival, which features both new and established artists will be held in Stone Town, Zanzibar.