CHIMURENGA music guru Thomas "Mukanya" Mapfumo will be the main attraction at the Southern African Music Airwaves festival in the
Also featuring at the event will be dancehall man-of-the-moment, Winky D, Roki and Mafriq with Trompies (South Africa) and Danny (Zambia) completing the line-up.
There will be a special appearance by the Noisettes, one of the hottest indie rock bands in the
The two-day festival, organised by Y2K Entertainment Promotions, will be staged at the
Y2K Entertainment Promotions is a United Kingdom-based entertainment company started by Southern African entrepreneurs in 2000 and has since its establishment held several successful shows involving high-profile performers such as Mapfumo and
"It’s going to be a memorable open-air event," said Frederick Matenga, one of the Y2K Entertainment Promotions directors.
"We have looked into different genres such as chimurenga, R&B, rock, reggae and kwaito and we have come up with some of the best acts from southern
"Shingai and the Noisettes, the chart-topping and one of the hottest acts in
"She is from
Matenga said that Y2K said it was important to introduce some of
"SAMA Festival 2009 will give a platform to exciting talent such as Roki, Mafriq and Winky Dee to show the
"Mapfumo and the Trompies need no introduction. We are only expecting the best yet to come from these legends.
"Add the impressive Danny from
Roki, of the Chidzoka fame, says he will not be overwhelmed rubbing shoulders with some of
"I’m humbled to be offered to perform at the festival with big musicians such as Mukanya, Trompies and others.
"It’s a good thing for us as a young group but we’ll show how we have matured over the years.
"Entertaining is our job. Every day we perform we’ll be doing it with
"We’ve new things and we’ll just show how serious we are in this business."
Pauline Gundidza, the leading vocalist of the Afro-pop group Mafriq, is also excited about the festival.
"We’re very excited about this opportunity and our band has been doing a lot of rehearsing and rebranding ahead of the festival," said Pauline.
"We are also learning new stuff from a traditional group which we’ll incorporate into our acts.
"Our music is urban but we are trying to keep it cultural.".
She said she was hopeful the SAMA Festival 2009 would open up opportunities for the exciting
"Mafriq has a 20-song album which we’ve been holding on to because we couldn’t get a good record deal as a result of the economic situation in