As the country’s music industry continues to suffer from poor promotion and sponsorship, the young musicians, Farai Teysean Hall, twins Kudzai (Kyung) and Kundai (Krip) Makombe and Munashe Slasha Musiiwa are gearing up to produce the event early next year.
The group, which won the title of best hip-hop newcomers in the Zim Hip-hop Awards, told The Zimbabwean that they were working with the country’s “biggest arts sponsors”, the Culture Fund.
“Once we get the ball rolling, we hope it will become an annual event with international artists,” said the group’s spokesperson Teysean, son of renowned reggae musician Trevor (Ras Jabulani) Hall.
Teysean, who is also the group’s marketing and promotions manager, is based in the UK, where he studied for a degree in music production and sound engineering. He said his group was working to change the complexion of the country’s music industry.
“We hope that the festival will also help young people with career guidance in both the arts sector and business world, as seasoned Zim artists and business players come together,” he said.
“We have the Harare International Arts Festival and other events but this one is biased towards youth. We want to develop our music industry to the level of contributing to the country’s gross domestic product,” added Teysean.
Amvis owns a studio, which they hire out to raise funds.
“We also promote up-and-coming musicians and have worked with Joshua Karizma Makanya, a solo artist, to produce a 16-track DVD mix-tape, Kriptic Thoughts with songs such as Young and Free, Don’t Stop and I Wanna Be Free,” he said.Post published in: Entertainment