//
you're reading...
All That (African) Jazz

Mbira DzeNharira wows SADC delegates in Harare

By Constance van Niekerk in SA

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Water had a cocktail yesterday evening at Meikles Hotel in Harare. Zimbabwe’s leading mbira group, Mbira DzeNharira, graced the occasion and serenaded the Ministers with their haunting mbira and intricate percussion.

Today at eight, this morning began the opening session of the SADC Ministers of Water at Meikles Hotel. The last time they had a meeting was on the 30th of May in 2013 in Luanda, Angola where they established the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) Council of Ministers, with Zimbabwe designated to host the Commission’s headquarters, the Permanent Secretariat. Yesterday was the Official Opening of the Secretariat in Samora Machel Avenue in the Sunshine City. Performing at the opening was the Mbira ensemble of mbira maestro Tendayi Gahamadze, Mbira DzeNharira.

ZAMCOM is comprised of the SADC member countries that share the Zambezi River Basin. It was formed in 2004 and its main objective is, “to promote the equitable and reasonable utilization of the water resources of the Zambezi Watercourse as well as the efficient management and sustainable development thereof.” Performing at the SADC Ministers of Water opening today is yet again Zimbabwe’s mbira sensation Mbira DzeNharira.

There are 15 member states in the SADC, which are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Of these, only 8 are members of ZAMCOM. The eight, which are called the Zambezi riparian states are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and host country Zimbabwe.

Photographer: Simba Nyamudo

Advertisements

About Editor

Constance van Niekerk is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Mbira DzeNharira wows SADC delegates in Harare

  1. Say what they may ,Mbira DzeNharira is the best.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Boniface Phiri | July 4, 2015, 21:25

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 656 other followers

Follow Afrique Beat on WordPress.com

Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection by Constance van Niekerk

Blog Stats

  • 27,025 hits
%d bloggers like this: