All-female jam session on cards

CITY Sports Bar’s weekly event Jam Session has gone a gear up following its decision to have an all-female session on Monday next week.

The joint’s manager Mathias Bangure said this is in line with the promotion of women in all sectors of the society.

“It will be a divas jam session. We want to give marginalised groups a platform to showcase their talent.
“Women have been crying out loud that they were not being treated fairly on performing opportunities, hence we are trying to pacify them through giving them what they are yearning for,” Bangure said.

“We want to assist and fill that gap...look at America’s music scene, the women are on top there and these include Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Megan among others.

“If women can rise up to that level, so why not give our ladies a chance, yet they’ve got talent too?”
Female musicians embraced the idea saying it will elevate them.

“An all-female jam session is a very good idea as it gives opportunity and time on stage for all women on the night.

“We hope people get to see the talent Zimbabwe has in its women musicians and hopefully give support,” said Zimbabwe’s own female bassist Edith WeUtonga.

Tendai Chimombe, daughter to the late music legend James had this to say: “It is a very good idea as long as people do not make it a competition platform but instead, just embrace the idea of women coming together playing just like how fellow male artistes are doing it.

“What male artists can do, females can also do hence women should be given a chance to perform on high profile platforms like supporting or sharing the stage with internationally-acclaimed artistes,” she said.
The jam sessions have proved to be the idle place where artistes gather and share notes and skills and on average the event attracts more than 20 performing artistes. This has proved to be a good platform for artistes for networking despite entertaining fans.

With the harsh economic conditions prevailing in the country, many pubs and entertainment joints are struggling to hire even a single artiste hence the situation was not healthy to the arts industry.
Though the concept might sound new to Zimbabwe the jam session has been practiced in developed countries since 1920s.

The phrase “jam session” came about in the 1920s when American musicians would congregate after their usual commercial gigs, to play the jazz or music they could not play on stage and this was done for fun.
Musicians will not rehearse for the jam sessions as the musicians would say they were “jammin’ the beat, hence the sessions became known as “jam sessions”.

However, the Zimbabwean version of jam session is slightly different from the American one or rest of the world in that, local artistes perform their usual songs with the same sound just to entertain fans.
In Harare, the event is attracting scores of artistes from different genres that is sungura, afro-jazz, rhumba, Zimdancehall and urban groove among others.

So far, the Harare event has featured over 1000 artistes since it started, according to organisers.
Some of the artists who performed at the event include Faheem Somanje son to the late musician Daiton, Derick Majaivana the first born of the legend Lovemore Majaivana, Nyasha Mugari, Kireni Zulu and Kessiah Magosha, Dickson Chingaira aka Cde Chinx, Daniel Gonora, King Tazvida, Pauline Gundidza, Ammara Brown, Mark Ngwazi, Howard Pinjisi, Paradzai Mesi, Simon Mutambi, Romeo Gasa, Andy Muridzo, Progress Chipfumo, Somandla Ndebele and Hosiah Chipanga among others.

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