The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has spared a night for gospel artists and another one for traditional Mbira artists to perform and showcase their artistic talents at the inaugural carnival the country is going to hold later this month.
Zimbabwe will hold the carnival for the first time from the 21 to 26th May.
Karikoga Kaseke, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority’s Chief executive officer, announced the development at the weekend in Harare.
Kaseke said the night, which they have named Gospel Night, will see all gospel artistes showcasing what they have to the nation.
“We have termed the night gospel night but we are not imposing the name. So what we are saying is that you are free to bring your ideas on the name of the show and bring those ideas to us so that we discuss and agree on the name which you want your show to be called. Gospel night is just a proposal from ZTA,” Kaseke said.
Baba naMai Charamba, Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, Pastor Stanley Gwanzura, Mudiwa among several upcoming gospel musicians have confirmed their participation at the carnival
Kaseke challenged Zimbabweans to tolerate every gospel genre coming from different gospel musicians saying that it shows diversity which the carnival seeks to celebrate.
“We are also going to spare another night for our traditional Mbira artists and we have also said the night will be called Mbira night. This again is not a name imposition but a proposal. We will be celebrating our culture as Zimbabweans. As you all know there are others in this country who worships traditionally, and we are saying we must not segregate them, hence the Mbira night,” Kaseke added.
Chiweshe based Mbira Guru, Sekuru Gweshe has already confirmed to be part of the Mbira night.