18 August 2014

Zimbabwe: Misfortune Strikes Mawungira Enharira

What was supposed to be a farewell gig for Mawungira eNharira at the Book Cafe before their month-long tour of Sweden turned out to be a commemorative bash for the late Tinashe Mandityira, who was organising the tour. Mandityira died after he was involved in an accident early this month and he was buried on August 14.

The other members of the organising team including the Sweden-based ManLuckers of Zimfebi, a cultural exchange programme, were seriously injured and were taken to South Africa for treatment.

So, instead of bidding their fans farewell, Mawungira eNharira used the gig to pay tribute to Mandityira and announced that their tour of Sweden had been postponed.

Innocent Fungurani, the group's publicist confirmed the postponement, saying they had lined up more shows in Harare before embarking on their international tour.

"The show turned out to be a remembrance gig for Tinashe Mandityira and a prayer for all those who are in hospital as a result of the accident.

"We have more shows coming in Harare until the organisers get well then we will bid farewell our fans.

"Nyamasvisva will continue to collaborate with other artists and play at the Book Cafe.

"It all depends on their recovery and who knows the next show might as well be a farewell show," he said.

Mawungira eNharira delivered one of their best performances at the venue.

Nyamasvisva, the leader of the group, opened the set by recognising all the totems saying no matter how small, Mhofu or Soko, the totems were equal.

The magic of the mbira then captured the attention of the multicultural audience that had gathered to feast on the traditional mbira.

Energy was high on stage with Nyamasvisva who boasts 30 years of playing mbira exuding cool confidence much to the delight of the crowd.

Speaking backstage, Nyamasvisva promised to take the Zimbabwean music particularly the mbira to the world.

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