The Herald (Harare)

17 September 2012

Zimbabwe: Book Café, Pakare Paye Join Hands

Arts development centres Book Café and Pakare Paye have forged a rare alliance that will see musicians from the centres sharing the stage at these venues. Youthful afro-jazz artistes from Pakare Paye namely Tsvete, Donald Kanyuchi and Mike Bere had the entire Book Café afternoon slot for themselves last Saturday.

Tsvete have previously opened for Mtukudzi at the Harare International Conference Centre but were yet to have the feel of the mainstream clubs in Harare.

The band featured in Mtukudzi's musical "Masanga Bodo" which was staged at the 7 Arts Theatre in Harare last June.

The group will be going into the studio pretty soon to record their debut album which fans will have an opportunity sample every Sunday at Pakare Paye.

In the near future bands from Book Café, the likes of Chikwata 263, will also stage joint shows in Norton with artistes from Pakare Paye.

Youthful groups from the centre have made quite an impact on the music scene including the late Sam Mtukudzi and AY Band.

Sam is, however, now late and the band defunct.

Munya Mataruse and Kazevezeve and Donald Kanyuchi are also flying the centre's flag high.

Pakare Paye was founded by Mtukudzi as an arts development centre catering for several art forms and is venue for major festivals such as the Solo Fest scheduled for Saturday 6 October.

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