Township Jazz blossoms

HARARE - A performance through the ages of jazz in Zimbabwe best describes the stage act of Duduzile Manhenga in the double company of the Cool Crooners and Mbare Trio at the just ended HIFA. It was a spiritual journey and yet so emotional and unforgettable.
The veteran bands constituted elderly

gentlemen who have been involved with township jazz since its early days in the 1950s and 60s. Listening to them crooning on the stage, you’re instantly taken on a musical tour through township music’s past up to its present constitution.
On stage they have always looked smart, wearing extravagantly impeccable suits and sparkling shiny shoes. They offered boundless and contagious energy and joie de vivre to an amused multiracial audience from all walks of life, from the young to the old.
Sensational young diva Duduzile Manhenga’s spread of music at the Caltex Main Stage was also infectious to the audience. Her dazzling performance revealed a lot of maturity and was done with exactness, intensity and a refreshingly soulful mode. Manhenga’s singing is more up-beat and complimented by contemporary sounds. She enthusiastically describes her music as, “Afro-jazz fusion.’ She does communicate with her audience in songs that come from deep in her heart.
Indeed, Zimbabwean township jazz has come of age. – Arts Correspondent

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