Zimfest: Connecting Zimbabwe to the world

As it turned out the brides-maids while not replacing the bride were decent affairs; Zimfest Connected a networking event carrying the theme Connecting Zimbabwe to the world brought together and interesting collection of people at the Pacific Oriental restaurant in central London.

Zimfest Connected was followed by a well attended Zimfest: Zimbabwe Rocks! at the Clapham Grand. The first ever dedicated concert showcasing contemporary Zimbabwean music as part of Zimfest in a dedicated concert venue. Headliner Tinashe put on an accomplished display as did Zimfest stalwarts Mann Friday who had travelled from Cape Town with Chiwoniso, Jusa Dementor, Bkay and Kazz, Kamikaze Test Pilots and newcomers Cassetti completing the line-up. Afrobeat duo Mashasha and Sam delighted with a set that at sounded more like a four or five peace band than a duo also delighted.

Despite the success of the two events those that attended still expressed disappointment that they could not have made a weekend of it with the outdoor Saturday. This was acknowledged by the organisers who promised pull out all the stops in ensuring that the outdoor leg is back on the agenda next year and that the event will continue to grow and provide a platform to showcase the best of Zimbabwe around the world.

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