GLOBE-TROTTING Bulawayo-based arts ensemble, Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (IYASA), have collaborated with Austrian musicians to produce a musical album, Amaculo (Zimbabwe meets Austria).
The album was set to released internationally last week.
The album contains 11 songs, with Iyasa contributing five of the songs. Four of the songs are original compositions and one is a traditional song.
All the songs were produced by Eric Maryln with the record label Fairies Music.
This comes after a successful release of their eighth offering, Afrika Alive, which was released in August last year. Two of the songs, S’jaiva Sibancane and Yini Ndaba have been received well especially in the country.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com from Austria where they are currently on a 10 day tour, Nkululeko Dube, founder and director of the arts company, said the album was a result of a long standing relationship with the Austrian musicians.
“12 years ago in Austria Iyasa met musicians Lisa Stern and Eric Spitzer Maryln and did a project together in which one of their renditions of an Austrian folk song Mell Tall won them a lot of fans and documentary on local television ORF,” said Dube.
“Last year following the success of their first project we started on a new project Amaculo (Zimbabwe meets Austria).
“Once again we created musical connections between Zimbabwe and Austria and also work with more than 4 choirs fusing Ndebele and German text and tunes of their composition and those from traditional music from their respective origins. We will launch the album Amaculo in Horn, the first town in Austria to host Iyasa 13 years ago.”
During the 10 day tour of Austria, Iyasa featured in TedxKlagenfurt.
Tedx is an international event that recognises and honours extraordinary people, projects and achievers by gathering them to share their visions and inspirations with an international audience.
Iyasa were chosen to speak on their youth empowerment projects through the arts in Zimbabwe especially their fairy tale rise from a school drama club to an internationally acclaimed arts group.
They also shared their collaboration with musicians Lisa Stern and Eric Spitzer-Maryln in which they fused Austrian and Zimbabwean folk music to come up with hit songs and a new blend of music.Advertisement
Iyasa shared this prestigious platform with 18 other nominees among them the first prime minister of Buthan Jigme Thinley, inventor Sean Dylan Goff from Switzerland and Austria’s Vice President of corporate strategy at IBM Christian Klezl.
The theme of the event was ‘ ethicpreneurs ahead!’ as it honoured entrepreneurship and ethics combined in fresh and interesting ideas.
To wind up their short stay in Austria, Iyasa will grace the 10th anniversary celebrations of Dschungel Wien Theatre house in Vienna.
The theatre house has worked with Iyasa since it’s ground breaking 10 years ago producing together various theatre pieces showcased at the theatre and festivals around the world including Sweden, Croatia and Japan.
“The director of the theatre Stephan Rabl met Iyasa in Harare at a performance and was the first to invite us to Austria in what was to be a partnership that has lived to see today and is destined for many more years to come,” Dube said.