Mbira bira at Big Apple

Andy Muridzo

Leisure Reporter

Andy Muridzo will put his personal life scandals behind him Thursday when he joins a star-studded line-up of performers for the inaugural “Bira reMadzisahwira” at Big Apple Club in Harare.

A winner of the Traditional Folk (Chinyakare/Chimurenga) award at Saturday’s Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima), Muridzo will share the stage with Vee Mhofu and his band Dziva reMbira, Amadhuve Sasha and Talking Guitars, Sekuru Hwesa and Zim Totems, and Swerengoma to name just a few.

The event will also be a celebration of sorts for the embattled Muridzo, who clearly needs some cheering up.

Veteran mbira artiste, Nyamasvisva, real name Wilfred Tichaona MaAfrika of Maungira eNharira will headline the cultural music fete.


Nyasha Dope aka Machembere, the proprietor of Big Apple Club, which is located in downtown Harare, said the line-up was chosen carefully to have an all-round effect.

Machembere is not doing it all by herself, she has brought in a team to assist her in putting up an event to remember.

“I’m working with Ethel Mpezeni aka Chembere Good, Prudence Matasva aka Chihera and Stanford Dube aka Malume. With these guys, their respective strengths and experience not just in music but business as well, this event will be a resounding success.

“This team has an unparalleled appreciation of Zimbabwe’s cultural values, musically. This event will go a long way in showing that there are still musicians out there and organisers of events in our generation, who understand and value our culture,” said Machembere.

She added that the bira will include use of traditional instruments to celebrate Zimbabwean arts and culture in its various forms.

“It’s a start and we hope to also show that we have not abandoned our traditional instruments like mbira. This is just the beginning of bigger things to come as we wish to hold more such events not just in Harare but in other parts of the country as well.”