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This HIFA was high bar!

This HIFA was high bar!

This HIFA was high bar!
BAYNHAM GOREDEMA

From 1st to 6th May, Harare was colourful with a rich texture of culture and expression. The festival has grown from the proverbial ‘strength to strength’ defying all odds with amazing reinvention and a breathtaking showcase.

Dance, theatre, music with universally acclaimed companies and names like Follow Spot Productions, Ziya Azazi Gri … Eshe, UBOM’s The Dogs Must Be Crazy, the dreamy Bed In Her Head, gravity defying Leo or the fun filled 24 Hour Theatre Challenge where witty and off-the-hook creative thespians won laptops in prizes.

There is more in a packed-to-the-brim music programme with such highlights as Publish the Quest (USA), Tumi and The Volume (South Africa), Ismae Lo (Senegal), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Maria de Barros (Cape Verde), bass sensation Edith WeUtonga (Zimbabwe) who is embarking on an East African tour as a direct result of her splendid performance at the Telecel Main Stage and mbira diva Hope Masike (Zimbabwe) who leaves for a six month tour of Europe. International poets joined the crème de la crème of Zimbabwean spoken word poets.

Everywhere you turned in the Harare Gardens, First Street, Reps and 7Arts was an arts activity happening and it was HIFA! Thanks Hifa for a diverse, creative and well thought out programme, the memories are priceless.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 09, June 2012)

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