Hopes Are High for Freshlyground to Perform at Harare Festival

South Africa's afro-fusion music band will make a return to the Harare International Festival of the Arts after brushes with Zimbabwe immigration authorities saw them fail to make it twice before. In October 2010, the Immigration Department denied the group work permits, forcing them to cancel their show in Harare. In 2014, the group was turned back after landing in Harare, ruining a hugely anticipated performance at the festival. The group was accused of mocking former president Robert Mugabe for hanging on to power in their video, Chicken to Change. The festival kicks off on 1st of May up to the 6th.



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    New Zimbabwe, 20 April 2018

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  • Zimbabwe:   Govt Unbans South Africa Music Group

    New Zimbabwe, 22 March 2018

    The once deported and barred popular Cape Town (South Africa)-based musical group Freshly Ground will this year perform at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA),… Read more »

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    263Chat, 4 April 2018

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    New Zimbabwe, 30 January 2018

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  • Zimbabwe:   Cabs in Hifa 2018 Partnership

    New Zimbabwe, 21 March 2018

    Local building society CABS is partnering the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) for 2018 and sponsoring the event's "Opera Gala Night'. Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   14 Foreign Festival Directors for Hifa

    The Herald, 22 March 2018

    Organisers for the 18th edition of Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa) have announced that more than 10 foreign festival directors are coming to this year's edition to… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Hifa Targets Promotion of Local Artists

    263Chat, 30 January 2018

    Harare International Festival of Arts Chairperson (HIFA) Chairperson, Muchadeyi Masunda says the one week fete is not a money making project but a platform for local and… Read more »

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