Harare International Festival of the Arts, 26 April 2011 to 1 May 2011


THE 12th edition of the Harare Festival of the Arts opens tonight under the theme "The Engagement Party" with several
acts both local and international billed to entertain people.

As is always the case with the official opening, there will be fireworks display that will illuminate the skies plus eye-catching performances to celebrate the six-day festival.

This year, the festival is all about engagement of people in spheres politically and artistically, in what festival director and founder Emmanuel Bagorro described as "creative engagement."


Bagorro said the event is a platform for "engagement, more

 diversity, more collaboration and more depth and depth in terms of coming together of cultural, artistic and business community."

He added that the festival would focus more on changing the mind-frame of how people perceive Zimbabwe.

"It creates an environment for people to gather and celebrate. Is an engagement party where people unashamedly gather to celebrate as Zimbabweans.


"It is an engagement of all sorts. As we celebrate the cultural diversity we have to keep in mind that there are some people who cannot afford and as active citizens we have to give a damn," he said.

And true to his words, the line-up of performers promises to enliven the festival and make it live up to its theme.


From left to right : Boby Budi Santosa, Peni Chandraini, Albert Chimedza and Iswanto, they will perform an exclusive collaboration of  the Indonesian traditional songs and musical instruments (gamelan) with Zimbabwean classical music instrument (mbira), played by  Albert Chimedza


As in the previous years, the main stage promises fireworks with one of the major collaborations including Chiwoniso Maraire and victor Kunonga in a concert dubbed True African Vibe, Albert Chimedza and Indonesian vocalist Peni Chandraini, Umoja and others.


With the support of The Mbira Centre and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, HIFA presents two shows celebrating Indonesian and Zimbabwean musical traditions and cultural connections:


Songs from the Ring of Fire

Peni Candrarini is one of Indonesia's most acclaimed classical and contemporary vocalists. Her performances range from classical Javanese gamelan to opera to pop and to collaborations with artists including John Wilson, Kronos Quartet, Petter Sellars, and Indonesian super group Krakatau. This is a rare chance for Zimbabweans to hear Indonesian gamelan music performed by a trio of the highest quality.



Albert Chimedza and Indonesian vocalist, gamelan musician and composer Peni Chandrarini have performed and


explored their interest in seemingly disparate musical forms together since 2008. Their performance will premier new work composed by Albert Chimedza. The compositions will feature jazz musicians from South Africa, gamelan musicians from Indonesia and Albert Chimedza on Mbira.


Presented with the support of the Indonesian Embassy and the Mbira Centre

Songs from the Ring of Fire and MbiraGamelanDreaming

Thursday 28 April, 5 - 6 pm,  NMB Bank Recital Room - Songs from the Ring of Fire








About Albert Chimedza

Albert Chimedza is an mbira performer, teacher, maker, writer, filmmaker and curator through his Mbira Centre in

Harare, Zimbabwe.  Albert had been in Indonesia deepening his work fusing mbira and gamelan, and was featured at the 2010 Solo International Ethnic Contemporary Music Festival.


He was guest speaker at the Juilliard School of Music (NYC) and Artist in Residence at Wellesley College (USA), and the director of the film, “Jazz Tales”.