Yvonne Ncube, Showbiz Correspondent
Jazz and soul musician Kelly Rusike and Jazz Invitation have been added to the list of artists to perform at the Spring Feelings Jazz Concert to be held in Bulawayo this Saturday.
They’re set to share the stage with award-winning South African jazz saxophonist McCoy Krubata at the Country Side Resort (along the airport road). Local artists, Cool Crooners, Bulawayo Combined Jazz band, Abby Ncube, Hudson Simbarashe, Ash Bass & Friends complete the list of artists.
The Springs Feelings Jazz Concert is bouncing back this year to celebrate jazz music after a two-year hiatus resulting from Covid-19-induced lockdowns.
Rusike, the veteran jazz singer and leader of Jazz Invitation, said he was excited and ready for the concert which aims to promote jazz music while welcoming the summer season.
“For us, as Jazz Invitation, this is an important and exciting event in many ways. It is events like these that keep the jazz genre very much alive and we will always support businesses and initiatives like these. It’s so important for Bulawayo to host such an event,” Rusike said.
“We look forward to sharing the stage with local and international artists. Jazz Invitation has a unique mix of young and mature musicians and this will obviously be reflected in the music we play that day. We will perform a selection of Jazz Invitation and Kelly Rusike Music from yesterday and today.
“The reception and appreciation of jazz music has grown around the world and in Zimbabwe as well, so events like this only increase the love for jazz music and that can only get better. “
Event organizers Big Scale Promotions said McCoy Krubata and his team will arrive in Zimbabwe on Friday ahead of the event.
During a recent interview, McCoy said he was happy to come to Zimbabwe for the third time.
“It is such an honor to come and bless the beautiful people of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo in particular with great jazz music. It will be my third time,” he said.
One of the organisers, Prince Tshabalala, said he was delighted to host the event after the Covid-19 disruptions.
“We launched the Spring Feelings Jazz concert in 2018 with the late Oliver Mtukudzi and Bekezela performing at the Grand Hotel de Ville. This was Mtukudzi’s last show in Bulawayo and we are proud to have hosted it. The Spring Feelings concert is a crossover of the winter season where people put away their long coats and chunky jerseys and switch to summer clothes.
“The idea behind Spring Sensations was to allow jazz lovers to get out there and celebrate jazz music complemented by good weather,” Tshabalala said.
Tshabalala said jazz music is underrated, unlike other genres.
“One thing I’ve realized is that when people talk about jazz music they think it’s that lousy kind of music, but I assure you those who attend on Saturday are going to be dancing on their feet,” he said. -he declares. – @SeehYvonne