Inaugural schools jazz festival set for this weekend

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By Showbiz reporter

THE inaugural Combined Schools International Jazz Festival will kick off this weekend at the Harare International School in Mt Pleasant.

Some 14 schools are expected to take part in the 7-hour event, the first of its kind to take place in the country.

Institutions expected to take part include Prince Edward School, The Grange, Lusitania, Mother Touch, Hellenic, Gateway, Arundel, Heritage, Killarney and Sally Mugabe Schools, the Salvation Army Youth Band, Midlands State University, Midlands Christian College and hosts Harare International School.

Organisers said the performances will livestreamed around the world, adding that the students have learnt a lot from the tutorship of some of country’s leading jazz artists and music teachers.

These include Bernie Bismark, Carmen Mutengo, Reggis Mafunga, Elias Mapiye, Rute Mbangwa, Tinashe Jera, Andrew Mamvura, Charles Kazaku, Brian Munongwa and Elisha Zimbeva.

The festival is set to become an annual event, and sponsors of this weekend’s inaugural gathering include the US Embassy and UNESCO.