Shoko Festival Ready To Roar


Zimbabwe’s biggest and longest-running urban culture festival, Shoko Festival, will be hosting the eighth edition of the Hub Unconference, Zimbabwe’s leading annual digital media and journalism event, running from the 27th – 28th September at Harare City Library.

The Hub will bring together artists, students, journalists, developers and politicians to explore emerging trends in social media, journalism and civic tech.

Special guests include Zimbabwean-born award winning journalist and former CNN anchor Robyn Kriel, award winning Hollywood lighting Director Christian Epps and Deutsche Welle Journalist Faten Jebai from Lebanon. Attendees can also take part in a Drone party as well as attend Mobile Journalism Workshops, Music Business workshop, and attend the 1st edition of the Women Create Worlds Summit.

The festival is also announcing the addition of popular artist, Nutty O, to the headline acts. Other headline acts include top South African comedian Celeste Ntuli, Mozambican rapper Simba Sitoi, Vimbai Zimuto and ZimDancehall supremo Bazooker.

“We’re happy that Nutty O is joining the line up and bringing his infectious live show to the Shoko stage!” says Shoko Festival Director Comrade Fatso, “This year Shoko has a lot of fresh new programming happening. This includes our Creative South initiative that brings in acts from Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia, our Mash Ups that are gonna showcase some brand new music collaborations, the first ever Women Create Worlds Summit as well as the Shoko Comedy Night which is gonna present a never-seen-before comedy show!”

The popular Shoko Comedy Night – running under the theme ‘Return Of The Zim Dollar’ – will be headlined by Celeste Ntuli alongside some of Zimbabwe’s top comedians at REPS Theatre on 28th September. Celeste Ntuli is currently riding high on a wave of popularity as one of South Africa’s top comedians. Celeste picked up two awards at the just ended Comics Choice Awards 2019 (South Africa), winning the ‘Flying Solo Award’ and the ‘Comedy G Award’.

Joining Celeste on stage will be Zimbabwe comedy veteran Doc Vikela, South Africa-based comic Q Dube as well as popular stand up comedians King Kandoro and CKanyiso Dat Guy. The night, presented by Comrade Fatso, will be a unique comedy event featuring stand up comedy, live skits, funny songs and unexpected guests. Other acts include Magi from Bustop TV, Kevin Hansen, Louis The Prince of Comedy and ProBeats.

The festival moves to Chitungwiza for Shoko’s main event, the Peace In The Hood Concert at Unit L Community Hall Grounds in Chitungwiza on Sunday 29th September. Peace In The Hood, which will be hosted by Chitungwiza native Dhadza D, will be headlined by popular ZimDancehall acts Bazooker, and Nutty O.

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