Flame Burning for Tariro neGitare

This Saturday, Tariro neGitare brings her unique brand of afro-soul to the Book Café as she revisits the space where it all started, Sistaz Open Mic. Tariro will bring the curtain down at the monthly Sistaz Open Mic event which is set to launch the beginning of this year’s 16 Days of Activism at the Book Café this Saturday, 9 November, 2-7pm.

Tariro has been doing rounds rubbing shoulders with the music greats such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Edith WeUtonga, Victor Kunonga, Dudu Manhenga, becoming a force to reckon with in the arts not only partaking but creating platforms for artistic expression. She is the founder member of the now popular Acoustic Night platform held monthly at the German Society and has gone on to form her own band called Tariro neGitare.

Sistaz Open Mic has become a space where stars are born, encouraging women artists to take to the stage, collaborate and even form their own bands. This year alone the platform has seen the rise of a number of promising female voices like Kessia Masona, Maria Vera Chisvo, Pierra Makondora, Tinashe Tafirenyika, Tendai Mavengeni, Yolanda Hassan, Pauline Jere just to mention a few.

Sistaz Open Mic is once again proud to be actively involved in the 16 Days Against Gender Violence awareness campaign to stimulate action and discussion on this issue, with a powerful programme of activities lined up at the Book Café. These include music and poetry performances from some of Zimbabwe's most talented women artists; discussions, film-screenings, and ‘A Workshop for Women Artists by Women Artists’. Special guests for the 16 Days programme will be announced in due course and will be participating in several events in the programme, and performing in the final concert on Sat 7 December, alongside Zimbabwean artists.

This month’s guest musician will be Theresa Muteta who recently returned home from a tour in Europe. She will be supported by African Pride, another fast rising band, who recently performed at the October World Music Festival in Harare. Other artists billed to perform will be Maria Vera Chisvo, Were, Eve Kawadza, Alice Chinya and Sista Zai. Tariro neGitare will wrap up the day’s event at the Sistaz Open Mic after party happening promptly after the open mic at 5pm.

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