BULAWAYO – Lighting up the last show of the Creative Diversity and Social Inclusion (CREDISI) Show on October 31 with dazzling live performances will be twelve Zimbabwean musicians. Tshibilika music giants Clement Magwaza, Madlela Skhobokhobo and legendary house music songstress Sandra Ndebele are among an array of talent that will make the 12th edition of CREDISI a memorable class act.
Magwaza and Madlela are both known for their energetic live performances and are set to mesmerise audiences live on the Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (IYASA) Facebook page. Sandra Ndebele on the other hand will bring her latest offering to the show which is currently an envy of many.
Madlela Skhobokhobo has promised fireworks on stage and will use the show to belt songs from his latest album Ntikoloshi which he released a month ago.
“We are using this show to jam some of the songs on our new album our followers should expect nothing but fireworks on stage,” said Madlela.
Meanwhile, hip hop and house lovers will be in for a treat on the day with rap king Asaph, house music singer Novuyo Seagirl and kwaito star Tebza all set to bring in their A game to the event. Traditional dance outfit Bolamba Culture Birds, guitarist and vocalist Samuzik, Ceejay, Indosakusa The Morning Star, gospel musician Vuyo Brown and popular Nkayi based musician Sikhosana Buhlungu complete the star studded line-up.
Commenting ahead of her 31 October performance, high flying gospel crooner, Vuyo Brown promised a chilled set of old, current and future hits from her music catalogue.
“It’s going to be a fun-filled show with something for everybody,” said Vuyo.
The programme kick-started in August last year with an aim to promote diversity and creativity at the local spaces. Speaking on the highlights of the program, the Project Coordinator and Director of Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts, Nkululeko Innocent Dube said the feedback of all the eleven shows has been great and led to the realisation that people are more than willing to support the arts in Bulawayo.
“The programme has been a revelation that our people are more than willing to support our creatives, a lot of our spaces in the city lie idle we need to engage our city more and utilize the local spaces in our city more”, said Dube.
Through the CREDISI project, Iyasa worked with the local authority and arts stakeholders on inter-cultural dialogue meetings which were set to build an understanding and generate confidence which can enable the implementation of reforms around the use of public infrastructure in the city. The project targeted to engage, youth led organisations, women’s arts groups, creative clubs/hubs as well as initiatives done by upcoming and independent artists in the city.
“Bulawayo can live up to its billing as Zimbabwe’s cultural capital, the city can be heartbeat of diversity and social inclusion, the city needs to package that and city fathers ought to appreciate the efforts artists put in selling Bulawayo as a brand,” added Dube.
CREDISI is being supported by Culture at Work Africa (CAWA), which is a consortium of eight African, European and International partners whose mission is to promote the public value of intercultural dialogue for social cohesion in urban areas across Africa.