Free Zimbabwe Concerts organised in South Africa

They will be held on 6 November at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and 7 November at The Bassline in Johannesburg.

Zimbabwe lurches from hope to despair as initial optimism in the unity government is undermined by ZANU PF’s bad faith. Opposition activists are still beaten, MDC ministers are arrested and the constitutional-making process has been violently hijacked by ZANU PF militias.

Hate speech continues to dominate the state media while new independent media faces hurdle after hurdle. Meanwhile Zimbabwe loses millions of its people to neighbouring countries such as South Africa where they face poverty and discrimination.

The people of Zimbabwe are crying out for a new constitution, freedom of expression and for their social, economic and human rights. The SADC region needs to act in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe.

Magamba, the Cultural Activist Network, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum and LNM Entertainment will take the Make Some Noise! concerts from Durban to Jozi in order to build people-to-people solidarity in the region and to maintain a spotlight on the Zimbabwean crisis.

The concert will kick off in front of hundreds of people at the University of Kwazulu Natal in Durban from 7pm on Friday 6 November. Aiming to raise awareness about the plight of Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa, the concert will feature leading Southern African artists who preach change and make people move at the same time!

This will include Zimbabwe’s explosive band, Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka whose music is "undeniably alluring" (Globe & Mail, Canada.) Despite their heavily political debut album being banned in their own country Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka have toured extensively, having toured the USA twice this year, sharing the stage with the likes of Sly & Robbie, Anthony B and Knaan.

Also representing Zimbabwe will be one of Zimbabwe’s most talented emcees, Oustpoken.

The Make Some Noise! caravan then arrives in Joburg the next day. Kicking off at Bassline from 7pm on Saturday 7 November, the concert will feature Comrade Fatso & Chabvondoka. Also on the line up is Outspoken backed by his band the Essence, Harare’s fresh, politically-charged afro-soul hip hop band, who have been wowing audiences from Mbabane to Durban.

Zubz is also on the bill, the Zambia-born, Zimbabwe-bred emcee has been in the scene for over a decade: he’s played opening concerts for Talib Kweli and Black Thought, and has even collaborated with local jazz legend Pops Mohammed.

The SA entourage will include: the peerless, heady ‘power poet’, Mak Manaka. Tidal Waves – known as "the hardest working reggae band in South Africa", the Waves (as they are affectionately known) have toured extensively in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and bring their unique brand of roots/ska with rock fusion. Then comes Kwani Experience, Jozi’s gritty yet sophisticated band with a distinct edge in their attitude, their messages, their look and their funky afro hop sound.

Last but not least, the inimitable Zonke makes her debut appearance at Make Some Noise! Zonke is a quality and complete artist who first cut her teeth with Culture Clan, a nine-piece Germany based funk and soul band.

Zonke’s talent has become evident and undeniable, with numerous industry recognitions: including 2 nominations at the Metro fm Awards 2007 for Best Newcomer and Best Afro Pop, 4 nominations at the 14th Annual MTN SAMA Awards for Best Female, Album of the year, Best Urban Pop Album, and MTN Record of the year.

As if that was not enough, in 2008 she was nominated the 2008 MTV MAMA Award Best Female artist for Africa. Since the release of "Life, love ‘n Music", she has been burning up the play lists on popular radio stations and continues to wow audiences across Southern Africa.

Make Some Noise! resident DJ, the assiduous Kenzhero supplies the tunes all night and Karabo Kgoleng (SA fm) hosts the event.

The inaugural Make Some Noise concert held in Johannesburg in December 2007 was successful, attended by 200 people. The two consecutive editions in the Make Some Noise series saw hundreds more attending and 400 letters addressed to Thabo Mbeki demanding action on Zimbabwe were signed by participants and sent to the president’s office.

The last Make Some Noise concert, held on 29 March 2009, saw over 800 people packing into the Bassline for an unforgettable experience.

The Make Some Noise series attracts significant media coverage, having been covered in mainstream print, radio, web and TV media from over 7 different countries. Don’t miss this Make Some Noise! which promises to rock you to the rhythms of change!!

Play your part – Make Some Noise!

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