Tuku heading for Zimfest

Oliver M'tukudzi "TUKU"

Zimfest has finally come of age with music legend Oliver Mtukudzi headlining at the annual gathering where exiles celebrate what it means to be Zimbabwean.

Now in its seventh year, the festival continues to attract thousands of Zimbabweans from all over the UK. All of the money raised from the event is donated to those desparate and most in need back home.

WEZIMBABWE’s Phil Chikwiramakomo said: “More than ever, our help is needed at home. The Zimfest program and facilities this year have been given even more depth, excitement and originality, but for Tuku to join us to play is a dream come true!

“Zimbabwe seems to be an endless quicksand of degradation. Once rock bottom is reached, the Zimbabwe situation reinvents rock bottom and sinks further. The emotional impact on Zimbabweans abroad cannot be measured. For this reason, every year Zimfest is welcomed with fervour and loyalty as something solid and positive. People come each year to be reminded of how it feels to be Zimbabwean ”

As well as Tuku, Zimfest regulars Mann Friday will take to the stage along with Siyaya Arts, Laura Miller and Dhindindi. In addition to the musical entertainment, there will be a football tournament, sevens rugby, a kids tent, gochi gochi and dance workshops.

Mr Chikwiramakomo said: “Every year at Zimfest time, thousands get together to celebrate their love for Zimbabwe. In defiance of losing what it means to be Zimbabwean, every year we make Zimfest bigger and better.”
• Date: 30th August 2008. All day from 12 noon – 10 pm.
• Venue: Prince George’s Playing Fields, Bushey Rd, Raynes Pk, London SW20.
• Tickets: £20 Advance available now at: www.wezimbabwe.org


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