South African comedienne Celeste Ntuli,rapper Ti Gonzi and ZimDancehall supremo Bazooker will all headline the 2019 edition of the annual Shoko Festival. The festival is scheduled to run from 27 to 29 September 2019 in Harare and Chitungwiza.
Shoko Festival comes just a few weeks after a wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa and the organisers said it will be a unifying event.
The festival will run under the theme ‘Good Vibes Only’ as Shoko aims to create a unifying platform through arts, creativity and music.
Shoko Festival will be held at multiple venues in Harare City Library (27 &28) The Hub Unconference,REPS Theatre Shoko Comedy Night (28 September) and Unit L Community Hall Grounds in Chitungwiza (Peace In The Hood Concert) at 29 September.
According to organisers, Celeste Ntuli will head up an entertaining line up of comedians at the Shoko Comedy Night.
Celeste Ntuli, popularly known for her acting role as ‘Siphokazi’ in Isibaya, is currently riding high on a wave of popularity as one of South Africa’s top comedians and she recently picked up two awards at the just ended Comics Choice Awards 2019 (South Africa), winning the ‘Flying Solo Award’ and the ‘Comedy G Award’.
She is the first-ever South African black female comedian to record a one-woman show called “Seriously Celeste”.
Her success comes from her no-holds-barred approach to her comedy sets which touch on relationships, social issues and stereotypes.
Ti Gonzi and Bazooker will be headlining Shoko’s main event, the Peace In The Hood Concert at Unit L Community Hall Grounds in Chitungwiza on Sunday 29th September. Ti Gonzi rose to fame with tracks like “Zvenyu” and “Hurombo” collaborating with artists like Cindy Munyavi.
He is one of the first Zim Hip Hop artists to reach a million views for his song “Kure”. Ti Gonzi has garnered a following from Zimbabwean youth through his inspirational lyrics that speak to the life of young man living in Zimbabwe.
Popular ZimDancehall chanter Bazooker is set to light up the stage with his songs “Bho Here”, “Ndozvida” and “Rega Ndishaure”. The Shoko line up also includes rising Botswana rapper, Wicked Jono, and Zambian poet, Ludo.
“We’re really happy to be able to present such a fun and diverse line up to our audience. Following on from the terrible xenophobic attacks in South Africa, we felt it was really important to put together a line up that unites Southern African artists and audiences,” says Festival Director Comrade Fatso.
Shoko Festival is a Magamba Network production which is all about promoting urban culture, free expression and new ideas. Over the years the festival has provided a platform for hundreds of young Zimbabwean rappers, comedians, musicians and spoken word artists to perform, collaborate and express themselves.
Shoko also curates cutting edge collaborations between local and international acts and builds international tours for young Zimbabwean artists.
The festival also hosts free conferences, workshops and panels on music, tech & digital.
Since its inception, Shoko Festival has hosted acts such as Cassper Nyovest, Tony Rebel, Khuli Chana and AKA, as well as top local acts like Tehn Diamond, Gemma Griffiths, Clive Chigubhu, and many more.