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Kidjo to perform in the La Voix musical programme at Harare
International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)
February 21, 2006
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Kidjo is billed to perform at the 7th edition of the prestigious
Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)
acclaimed Benin born musician Angelique Kidjo is billed to perform
at the 7th edition of the prestigious Harare International
Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in April in the La Voix musical
- The Voice, is a biennial musical programme that will showcase
French-funded performances and workshops during HIFA 2006.
The first edition
of La Voix, a celebration of cultural diversity, is being presented
for the first time in Africa at HIFA by the Association Française
d'Action Artistique (AFAA) and the Embassy of France.
the French ambassador to Zimbabwe, speaking at the launch of La
Voix in Harare, described it as a Franco-Zimbabwean project and
"the biggest cultural project being funded by (AFAA)."
He added that La Voix was the French contribution to HIFA 2006.
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Founder and Artistic Director for HIFA was equally excited about
the French contribution at HIFA 2006. He said, "La Voix is
a project that has been designed to celebrate Pan-African communication,
Pan-African networking and it essentially presents some of the best
names of African music." Mr Bagorro added that HIFA’s hosting
of La Voix was a great credibility boost. listen
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Raimbaud, the French ambassador to Zimbabwe, speaking at the
launch of La Voix in Harare
The theme for
HIFA 2006 is "hAND in hAND". Angeline Kamba, Chairperson of the
HIFA Board of Trustees said HIFA in association with the French
Embassy are bridging the cultural divide. She added that the La
Voix programme would greatly enhance the festival.
Kidjo is the highlight of La Voix. The New York based musician
is well known for her rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child and
her duet with Dave Mathews called Iwoya from her album Black Ivory
Other big musical
names billed to perform at HIFA under La Voix include Highlife
musician Rex Omar from Ghana, Lokua Kanza from the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC) and acclaimed reggae musician Tiken Jah Fakoly from
the Ivory Coast.
Bagorro, HIFA Executive Director and Angeline Kamba, Chairperson
of the HIFA Board of Trustees
Before the festival
kicks off Benat Achiary and Lokua Kanza will conduct a voice workshop.
Some of the participants at the workshop will include musicians
from Kenya, Burundi, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and
Madagascar as well as Zimbabwean representatives.
Over the years,
the French Embassy has brought musical greats to the festival including
Ishmael Lo and Habib Koite.
HIFA is scheduled
to take place on April 25-30, 2006.
For more information
on HIFA visit www.hifa.co.zw
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