After a year off the radar in London Zimfest makes a return to the capital with a strong line-up and a renewed energy. This year’s event will be held at Studio Spaces, a purpose built venue in the heart of the city and feature 3 arenas; Alive music stage featuring live bands and solo artists, a Dj arena featuring dj’s and an open mic session in the afternoon and a chill out area to allow for a much needed break and an opportunity to relax in a chilled out atmosphere.
Headlining this year’s event will be London based Afro Soul band Farai and the Forest Dawn, a band with a growing following on the London stage fronted by charismatic singer Farai Muvuti. Joining FFD on the main stage will be a host of talented female artists, featuring Chashe another London based Zimbabwean and her band, Singer Songwriter Gemma Griffiths and . The main stage will also feature talented Mbira artist John Falsetto, the versatile Kamikaze Test Pilots, Kazz from the popular duo Bkay and Kazz, special guest Thabani.
Also featured will be British duo Will McNicol and Luke Selby featuring Guitarist Magazine’s UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) Will McNicol. The duo wowed fans at HIFA and will perform at Zimfest London due to a chance meeting with one of the Zimfest team on a flight to Zimbabwe.
This year’s DJ line-up will be headlined by Zimbabwe born progressive house Dj and producer Alex H who has been making waves on the global house scene, London’s most exciting Afrohouse label Aluku Rebels, Afrohouse radio presenter and Dj JP Kairo, Zimbabwe born London lady Dj Petite and will also feature live PA’s by RnB/Hip Hop group UDK, South Africa born house music vocalist Lebo Mduli with the chill out area being hosted by Dj Archie Flex
The event will feature children’s activities in the afternoon, traditional Zimbabwean food including a braai and a live screening of South Africa v Samoa and England v Wales in the group stages of the Rugby World cup as the Springboks try to find a way back after a poor start to the campaign.
Zimfest London 2015 will be held on Saturday 26th September 2015 at Studio Spaces 110 Pennington St, London E1W 2BB and will run from 1pm till midnight. Tickets are available for £10 online at www.zimfestlive.com/london2015 and will cost more on the day.
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