Events

HEAR HARARE- SHOKO FESTIVAL 2015

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HEAR YOUR CITY was the theme of this year’s electrifying Shoko Festival held in Harare. “Shoko” is a festival of urban culture that features some of the best Zimbabwean talent and major international artists. The lineup this year featured 31 local and international artists that performed comedy, dance, poetry or music.
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B Street Dance Crew. Photo Credit: Zelipah

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Singer/songwriter Shingi Mangoma Photo Credit: Ricky Marima

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Gwenga frontman Kirby Chipembere.  Photo Credit: Shoko

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Poetry Slam featuring Madzitateguru, Umind?!,& Black Anakin. Photo Credit: Ricky Marima

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Comedy Acts featuring Clive Chigubu and Doc Vikela. Photo Credit:Shoko

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Cassper Nyovest.  Photo Credit: Ricky Marima Video Credit: African Hip Hop Blog

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Peace in the Hood Concert Chitungwiza. Photo Credit: Shoko

Away from the stage, Shoko held “the Hub Unconference” which is a platform created to encourage conversations about creativity, innovation and action to solve the issues that affect us online and offline. The Hub Unconference brings speakers from all over the world to facilitate new media and citizen journalism training and is free for all attendants. The top ideas born out of these sessions are awarded cash prizes and support in the form of mentorship.

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The Hub Unconference. Photo Credit: Shoko

Shoko festival is essentially a celebration of expression. Whether it be from the mouths of poets, singers, rappers, or comedians, Shoko 2015 was a true reflection of the theme “hear your city.” From the first act of the festival till the final mic dropped, one could feel the heartbeat and soul of the city. There was a sense of community as we danced to hip-hop in the dust, as we swayed to the acoustic rhythms, as we found ourselves in spoken word poetry and as we laughed till our throats were sore. This is not just another arts festival, it’s an open stage for artistic expression with a message. This is without a doubt a festival to keep an eye on.

This post was originally published on dynamicafrica.

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