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Legendary African superstar Salif Keita of Mali is expected to be the main act at this year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts. Keita is billed to perform on the closing day together with local mbira princess Hope Masike. It would be the second time for the internationally acclaimed musician to grace the Hifa main stage after another closing act at the festival in 2010.

This year’s edition runs from April 28 to May 3 under the theme “Articulate”.

Addressing a Press conference in Harare yesterday, Hifa artistic director Manuel Bagooro said Salif Keita will return and share the stage with Masike, who has a g international profile.

“In this year’s edition of Hifa we want to promote the spirit of collaborations because they bring together different voices and as a result a unique sound,

“So Salif Keita is returning to Zimbabwe again and this time will be sharing the stage with Hope Masike on the last day of the festival,” he said.

“There is going to be diversity in terms of music as foreign artistes will be sharing the stage with local acts like Mokoomba and Tumbuka among others.

“It is not only Hope Masike who is going to collaborate with a foreign artiste as Mokoomba, who are going to open the festival, will also do collaborations with a number of foreign artistes,” he said.

Mokoomba have a good international profile and the group from Victoria Falls has been a prominent feature at Hifa over the years.

Masike will enhance her international appeal with the Keita collaboration that is expected to bring a unique style to the festival’s closing act.

With over 35 years in music behind him, Keita built a name for himself through extensive performances around the world.

As an albino, Keita once was disowned by his own father and as a musician, he was rejected by the aristocracy of his own caste.

However, he rose against odds to become one of Africa’s most-travelled musicians and a voice for the marginalised.

Hifa executive director Maria Wilson said this year’s edition is going to be celebrating the beauty of being Zimbabwean hence the theme “Articulate”.

“We will be celebrating being Zimbabwean and we will be sharing and celebrating with other artistes from different countries,” she said.

Hifa continues to connect international artistic directors, music producers and promoters with local artistes thus helping the growth of the local arts scene as well.

The six-day annual festival and workshop programme showcases the very best of local and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre, dance, music, circus, street performances and spoken word.

A lot of artistes have used Hifa as a stepping stone in their careers.

Source : The Herald