HIFA 2011 – The Engagement Party – 26 April to 1 May

Telecel Main Stage Shows
Treasure - The HIFA 2011 Opening Show
BancABC Day, Tuesday 26 April, 7:30-8:40 pm, $15

hifaBrett Bailey is BACK this year, with another explosive, extraordinary, extravaganza of an opener for HIFA, incorporating every sense, every genre of art, pushing the boundaries, provoking thought, engaging us completely from the very first moment to the dazzling climax. Like all his HIFA opening shows, it is bound to be the talk of the town, as festival goers analyse both the show itself, and their own reactions to it.

The CABS Opera Gala – The London Festival Opera with The Festival Choir

CABS Day, Wednesday 27 April, 7:30-8:40 pm, $20

This year, the hugely popular CABS Opera Gala will have the exciting added dimension of a local choir, formed especially for the event. Picnic under the stars on this truly romantic HIFA evening, feasting your senses and revelling in the sumptuous world of opera as members of London Festival Opera perform opera arias, duets, and ensembles from Gulio Cesare, Magic Flute, Tannhauser, Tosca and Die Fledermaus.


Thursday 28 April, 7:30-8:40 pm, $12

Born in Cape Verde, Tcheka began performing very young with his father and brothers at village festivities. His music is delicately performed and presented, the compositions laden with nuanced lyricism.

Lokua Kanza

Friday 29 April, 5:30-6:40 pm, $12

This Paris-based, Democratic Republic of Congo-born, multi-talented musician started life as Pascal Lokua Kanza in 1958 in what was then Zaire. His decision to become a singer followed a Miriam Makeba concert.

Bibi Tanga and The Selenites

Friday 29 April, 8:30-9:40 pm, $15

Born in Paris in 1969, Bibi Tanga bridges the divide between the arty Parisian South Bank of the Seine and the gritty suburbs of the Central African Republic where he grew up as an immigrant.


Saturday 30 April, 5:30-6:40 pm, $15

Nneka’s music has a splash of Bob Marley and measure of Nina Simone in the recipe, but the best ingredient – is herself. The glue is the emotional focus of her beautiful voice, located in a place somewhere between yearning and rage.

Winky D

Saturday 30 April, 12:30-1:30 pm, $12

Winky D has won the hearts of many through his social advocacy and through voicing the belief in social justice through his music.

Slavic Soul Party!

Sunday 1 May, 5:30-6:40 pm, $12

Slavic Soul Party! also perform with local Brass Players in a street parade from Unity Square to Julius Nyerere Way from 11am to 12.10 on Coca-Cola Day, Sat 30 April.


Saturday 30 April, 8:30-9:40 pm, $20

Formed in Johannesburg in 2000, BLK JKS, (pronounced “Black Jacks”) play a varied array of rock music from alternative to progressive to experimental.

Moke with special guest Chiwoniso Maraire

Sunday 1 May, 8:30-9:45 pm, $15

Formed in 2005, Moke is a hugely popular Dutch band based in Amsterdam. Their genre of music is often described as Britpop and Indie rock.

Music on the Lays Global Stage

Mbira Dze Mutupo and Hwevambira

Tuesday 26 April, 10 pm-2 am, *Free*

Since its inception, the festival has celebrated the opening day with a traditional bira ceremony. This year, the ceremony will be lead by Mbira dze Matupo and Hwevambira.

Oona and Dream Deep featuring James Mujuru

Friday 29 April, 12:30 -1:30 pm, $8

Sunday 1 May, 1-2 pm, $8

Harpist, Oona McOuat, fuses a Celtic soul with a contemporary soundscape. Soothing and grooving, the Canadian singer/songwriter and her band, Dream Deep, blend elements of folk, world, new age and jazz, reaching beyond the boundaries of genre and culture.

Paolette in Living Hotel Concert

Friday 29 April, 10-11pm, $12

Sunday 1 May, 7-8 pm, $12

Sultry Italian singer, Paolette, is set to “engage” her audiences at HIFA as completely as she does in her home country. With her five-man band, her Living Hotel Concert transforms the stage into a “hotel living room”, where everyone can come and relax.

Jorge Fernando and Fabia Rebordo with Guilherme Banza

Wednesday 27 April, 5:30-6:30 pm, $8

Thursday 28 April, 3:45-4:45 pm, $8

In his home country of Portugal, Jorge Fernando has had an illustrious career as a guitarist and singer as well as composer of many hits that are played by other Fado singers.

Mbiragamelan Dreams: Mbiragamelandreaming – Songs from the Ring of Fire

Thursday 28 April, 5-6 pm, $8 – NMB Bank Recital Room

Saturday 30 April, 7-8 pm, $8

Peni Candrarini is one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed classical and contemporary vocalists. This is a rare chance for Zimbabweans to hear Indonesian gamelan music performed by a trio of the highest quality.

Publish The Quest

Thursday 28 April, 9-10pm, $6

Friday 29 April, 10:15-11:15pm, *Free*, Coca Cola Green

Saturday 30 April, 10-11am, $6

This American group blends groove melodies, blues, rock, ska and world pop with blazing vocal lines to make music that continually questions social issues.

Watsamba M’diou, African Crossover

Thursday 28 April, 10-11am, $6

Friday 29 April, 3:15-4:15pm, $6

In 2009, Swiss composer, vocalist and saxophonist, Ren Desalmand, held a residency, provided by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council, in Maputo.

Ivan Mazuze

Sunday 1 May, 3:45-4:45 pm, $8, Lays Global Stage; 10pm-Midnight, *Free*, Coca Cola Green

Saxophonist, Ivan Mazuze’s live performances are a reflection of some of the best southern African contemporary jazz sounds.

Josh Meck and Asali

Thursday 28 April, 1-2 pm, $6

Saturday 30 April, 4-5 pm, $6

Zimbabwean bass guitarist, Josh Meck, and Kenyan afro jazz musician and spoken word poet, Asali, collaborate to bring a unique cross cultural experience at HIFA.


Wednesday 27 April, 9-10 pm, $10

Thursday 28 April, 6:15-7:15 pm, $10

One of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands, Kla’s seven members came together from different musical backgrounds with a shared passion to create great music which absorbs influences from across the globe.


Saturday 30 April, 10-11 pm, $8

Semtam began as a solo project of Krystof Koenigsmark from the Czech Republic, a DJ at Prague’s Radio 1, in 2000. He began to produce his music on PC, mixing downtempo, breakbeat and drum ‘n’ bass.

Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka, Stripped – The Acoustic Set

Friday 29 April, 7-8 pm, $8

Comrade Fatso & Chabvondoka are an explosive, genre-busting, insurgent band that defy musical boxes and modern day apolitical pop music.

Sonic Slam Chorus

Tuesday 26 April, 6-7 pm, $6

Wednesday 27 April, 11:15am-12:15 pm, $6, Lays Global Quarter

Sonic Slam Chorus is an experimental, passionate and deeply moving marriage of art forms.

Bulawayo Kwela Calabash with Albert Nyathi

Tuesday 26 April, 2-3 pm, $6

Bulawayo Kwela Calabash will feature the music of the 50s and 60s, dominated by the Kwela music genre and characterised by the pennywhistle.

3rd Stream

Wednesday 27 April, 2-3 pm, $6

Sunday 1 May, 11 am-12 pm, $8, Coca Cola Green

3rd Stream is a talented fusion band comprising Vee Mukarati on saxophone and vocals, Philbert Marova on keyboard and piano, Donald Chifamba on cello and bass and Tinashe Mukarati on percussion and drums.

Edith WeUtonga

Saturday 30 April, 1:40-2:30 pm, $8

Jazz sensation, Edith WeUtonga, started out as lead singer and songwriter in the all female, Bulawayo-based band, Amakhosikazi, meaning, “The Queens”. She picked up the bass guitar and played with the band until they broke up in 2006.

Music at 7Arts

Antonio Forcione and Adriano Adewale

Wednesday 27 April, 4-5 pm, $12

Thursday 28 April, 9:15-10:15 pm, $12

Award-winning Italian guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione joins forces with the dynamic Brazilian percussionist, Adriano Adewale, to form an amazing duo of passionate original music!

Boubacar Traor

Coca-Cola Day, Saturday 30 April, 3:45-4:45 pm, $15

Boubacar Traor carries within him all the beauty of African blues. A diamond among the jewels of Mandingo music, he shines with the dark glow of exceptional purity.

Frida Hyvnen

Tuesday 26 April, 9:15-10:15 pm, $8

Wednesday 27 April, 9:15-10:15 pm, $8

In recordings of Frida Hyvnen (pronounced Hee-Vo-Nen), her songs cut to the core, slicing through all emotional barriers to pierce your heart.

Tony Cox and Steve Newman

Thursday 28 April, 12:30-1:30 pm, $12

Friday 29 April, 10-11 pm, $12,

Zimbabwean-born Tony Cox is considered to be one of South Africa’s finest musical exports. Along with his six-string prowess, Cox delivers up a mix of his laconic humour with a fair dose of story-telling.

Mic Inity

Saturday 30 April, 10:15-11:15 pm, $10

This youthful musician has caused quite a sensation in local reggae circles. Pulling a big crowd at his mid-week shows at The Mannenberg is testimony to this.

My Dream

Tuesday 26 April, 12-1 pm, $15

HIFA proudly presents the renowned China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, who bring their gala show, My Dream to the Festival for one performance only.

Chiwoniso Maraire and Victor Kunonga, True African Vibe Concert

Wednesday 27 April, 7:30-8:30 pm, $10

An exhilarating synergy of interlocking melodies, electrifying energy and shared chemistry between two, exceptional Zimbabwean artists.

Music on Coca-Cola Green

Busi Ncube & Ivan Mazuze

Sunday 1 May, 10 pm-Midnight, *Free*

Vocalist and mbira player, Busi Ncube’s career did not die with the demise of legendary local band, Ilanga.

Shower Power

Sunday 1 May, 2-3:15 pm, *Free*

Shower Power is one of Zimbabwe’s most resilient, original and versatile male vocal gospel groups. Their name derives from, Shower the Holy Ghost Power, and they are a group who believe in the transformative power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Munya Mataruse and Nekazevezeve

Wednesday 27 April, 4-5:30 pm, *Free*

As a young boy, Munya learned dance, percussion and traditional marimba music. He joined a traditional dance troupe and then joined the marimba band, Bandarimba, and later learned acoustic guitar.

Mathias Julius & Mokoomba

Saturday 30 April, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, *Free*

Mathias Julius is a multi-talented singer, dancer, choreographer and songwriter. In addition to his numerous international appearances with the Tumbuka Dance Company, he was featured as a dancer in the music video, Perekedza Mwana.

Also featured on Coca-Cola Green:

Real Sounds of Africa – Saturday 30 April, 11pm-Midnight, *Free*

John Pfumojena and Ay Band/Mnandi – Thursday 28 April, 2-3pm, *Free*

Clare Nyakudya and The Other Four – Tuesday 26 April, 5-6 pm, *Free*; 9-10 pm, *Free*

Black Bird – Friday 29 April, 11:30am-12:30pm, *Free*

Spitmunky – Wednesday 27 April, 6:30-7:20pm, *Free*

PE Jazz Band – Tuesday 26 April, 12:45-2 pm, *Free*

PE Pop Band – Wednesday 27 April, 12:15-1:15pm, *Free*

DJ Marvin Friday 29 April, 11:15 pm-1:30 am

DJ Ray Dizz and DJ Rax Saturday 30 April, Midnight-1:30 am

Jason le Roux Wednesday 27 April, 10:15 pm-Midnight

Kudzai Sevenzo Thursday 28 April, 11 pm-12:30 am

Publish The Quest Friday 29 April, 10:15-11:15 pm, Special Appearance

The Divine Touch – Sunday 1 May, 12-1 pm

Club Shanga Thursday 28 April, 5-6 pm

Classical Music – in the NMB Bank Recital Room

Jeanette Micklem – The Romantic Pianist

Tuesday 26 April, 2:15-3:10 pm, $6

Wednesday 27 April, 3:30-4:25 pm, $6

Well known Zimbabwean pianist, Jeanette Micklem celebrates the 200th anniversaries of the births of Schumann (1810) and Liszt (1811) with a programme of gems from the romantic piano literature.

Peter Martens

Thursday 28 April, 11.30 am-12.10 pm, $6

Sunday 1 May, 7-8pm, $8

Peter Martens performed here in 2007 and is thrilled to be returning to delight audiences in the NMB Recital Room on the cello, accompanied by Jeanette Micklem.

St James Quintet

Tuesday 26 April, 4:45-5:40 pm, $8

Friday 29 April, 2-2:55 pm, $8

The St James Quintet was formed in 2007 from students at the Royal Academy of Music for a performance at St James Palace for the awarding of the Queen’s Anniversary Medal.

Clockwise Duo

Thursday 28 April, 2:30-3:20 pm, $12

Saturday 30 April, 11:30-12:20 pm, $12

Described as “masters of strings”, New York City-based Clockwise was formed in 2006 by two leading South African-born musicians, harpist, Jacqueline Kerrod and violinist, Marc Uys.


Friday 29 April, 7-8 pm, $8

This Helsinki-based women’s choir, led by the renowned conductor, Marukka Riihimki, performs traditional and modern choral music, sacred masses and light music.

Coady Green and Leigh Harrold

Sunday 1 May, 4-5 pm, $8

Accomplished concert pianists, Coady Green and Leigh Harrold both return to HIFA by popular demand, after an extremely hectic performance schedule last year.

Chamber Music Recitals Programme

Saturday 30 April, 2-3 pm, $8

Saturday 30 April, 7-8 pm, $8

This programme features musicians from St James Quintet and Clockwise Duo, cellist Peter Martens, pianists Coady Green and Leigh Harrold, and Opera Gala soprano, Alenka Ponjavic.

The ZOL Theatre Programme

Burn Mukwerekwere Burn

Tuesday 26 April, 4:30-5:20 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Wednesday 27 April, 4-4:50 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Thursday 28 April, 11:20 am-12:10 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Saturday 30 April, 7:30-8:20 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Two young Zimbabweans (one Shona and one Ndebele) running away from home discover the harsh realities of the rainbow nation when South Africa erupts into xenophobic violence.

The Comeback

Tuesday 26 April, 6-7 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

Friday 29 April, 12:30-1:30 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

This is a piece about Eli, who returns home from the UK to rediscover herself and touch base with her roots after a miserable and rather unsuccessful stint abroad.

Jesus, My Boy – The Joseph Story

Thursday 28 April, 2:40-3:40 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Friday 29 April, 3:15-4:15 pm, $6, Theatre Upstairs

Saturday 30 April, 1-2 pm, $6, Theatre Upstairs

Sunday 1 May, 12:30-1:30 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

This one man show tells an edited story of Jesus from the point of view of his earthly father which means that well-known episodes from the Bible can be viewed from a new angle.

Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon

Tuesday 26 April, 12:15-1:05 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Wednesday 27 April, 11:15 am-12:05 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Friday 29 April, 5:45-6:35 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Sunday 1 May, 10-10:50 am, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

The fourth in a cycle of “one woman plays”, What Ever Happened to Betty Lemon is sure to have audiences alternately reaching for their hankies or falling off their chairs with mirth!


Wednesday 27 April, 2:15-3:05 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

Saturday 30 April, 12:45-1:35 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

Sunday 1 May, 2:15-3:05 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

Bobby Jones is a multi-faceted human being; a newspaper delivery boy but also an aspiring detective.

The Harare Files

Friday 29 April, 10-11 am, $6, The Standard Theatre

Saturday 30 April, 5-6 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

It’s no secret that Harare has been a hard city in which to live over the last decade. This performance takes seven true stories of seven ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.


BancABC Day, Tuesday 26 April; 3:30-4:30 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

CABS Day, Wednesday 27 April, 9:15-10:05 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

From NAMA 2009 Award winning creative partnership of acclaimed author Stephen Chifunyise, and director-producer, Daves Guzha, comes Rituals, a musical and inspirational journey through community-driven healing processes following traumatic and violent experiences.

Daliso Chaponda – Laughrica

Thursday 28 April, 2:15-3:15pm, $12, 7Arts Theatre

Sunday 1 May, 1:45-2:45pm, $12, 7Arts Theatre; 7-8 pm, $8, 7Arts Theatre

Daliso Chaponda is a Malawian-born, UK-based stand up comedian who has appeared in shows and festivals around the world. Chaponda has built his career on laughing at western culture.

Dr Pocket’s Ocean Commotion

Tuesday 26 April, 2-2:50pm, $6, Reps Theatre

Wednesday 27 April, 10-10:50am, $6, Reps Theatre

Come on an incredible ocean adventure with Bogie and Ned and meet fantastical creatures on the way.

Accidental Death of a Radical

Thursday 28 April, 10-11 am, $6, The Standard Theatre

Saturday 30 April, 10-11 am, $6, The Standard Theatre

While in a provincial police station for apparent falsification of his credentials, a ‘maniac’ stumbles across a file documenting the alleged suicide of a radical railway man.

Hotel Paradiso – Familie Flz

Saturday 30 April, 2:15-3:30 pm, $15, Reps Theatre; 8:30-9:45 pm, $15, Reps Theatre

Sunday 1 May, 11am-12:15 pm, $15, Reps Theatre

Strange things happen at Hotel Paradiso, a time-honoured mountain resort kept alive with some difficulty by an old lady and her family.

The Man Who Committed Thought

Tuesday 26 April, 10-11:20 am, $6, The Standard Theatre

Saturday 30 April, 10:10-11:30 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

Sunday 1 May, 11am-12:20 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

Patrice Naiambana, leading actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, returns to HIFA with the tale of an African lawyer much attached to the Queen and Shakespeare.

The Gospel of Othello

Thursday 28 April, 4:10-5:30 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

Sunday 1 May, 5:15-6:35 pm, $8, The Standard Theatre

Our women bear the pain of absence when our sons and daughters leave home for faraway lands, what strange fruit will our land bear the ancestors of the future?

Diary of a Madman

Wednesday 27 April, 7:15-8:05 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Thursday 28 April, 7:30-8:20 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Friday 29 April, 11:20-12:10 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

Sunday 1 May, 3:30-4:30 pm, $6, Reps Theatre Upstairs

This is a Russian classic by Nikolai Gogol. It is a story of a man descending to madness because of the pressures of the monotony of his work as a civil servant.

A feast of Food and Sound with Donpasta

Thursday 28 April, 10-10:50 am, $12, Reps Theatre

Friday 29 April, 7-8 pm, $12, Reps Theatre

Sunday 1 May, 2-2:50 pm, $12, Reps Theatre

DJ Daniele De Michele, aka Donpasta, the poet-cook, ecologist and gastro-philosopher, presents this event. His multi-media show melds Italian Salento cuisine, music, folktales and images.

Colours of Dreams

Wednesday 27 April, 7-8 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

Saturday 30 April, 3:15-4:15 pm, $6, The Standard Theatre

The central characters of the story are a school teacher, a former money changer and their wives in Zimbabwe.

Shows shown as *Free* are free once you have either bought a general admission ticket to the HIFA Site for that day, or have a ticket to any other HIFA show that day.

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