Jeys Marabini ready for the UK tour 

Langalakhe Mabena 

Veteran Jazz and Marabi singer Jeys Marabini has revealed that he is ready to leave a mark on the international music scene as he vowed to be “over ready” for his United Kingdom tour dubbed “Rhythms of Southern Africa: A Musical Journey.’

The tour will run for the whole month of November. On 4 November he will perform at Cambridge, on 18 November he is scheduled to perform at Sheffield, then on 25 November he will perform at Peterborough.

On tour, Marabini will share the stage with South Africans including Zumba music legend Freddie Gwala, Zahara, Tshedi (former Malaika front lady), and fellow countrymen Agga Nyabinde, Lady Bee, and Ma9nine.

They will be joined by UK-based artistes Linos Wengara Magaya, Sisa Senkosi, Meduulla and Leroi Houdini.

Jeys Marabini who has garnered an international reputation over his 30-year-long career, producing 10 albums in the process, said he was excited to be returning to Europe and he would once more show the world what he is made of.

“I last performed in the UK in 2001 so I am going there now with a band which is a first for me and we would like to pay gratitude to Shanyai Promotions for selecting us for this tour.

“We invite everyone to come in their numbers as more venues near them will be unveiled. It’s the first time ever for a promoter to take artistes from Bulawayo and we thank them for instilling hope in us,” said Jeys Marabini.

From his base in the UK, the organiser of the show Farai Shanyai of Shanyai Promotions said that they were scheduling more shows for the artistes during their stay abroad.

“Our desire is to bring Zimbabwean artistes from all walks of life with the objective of exporting our music back to the days of the bands like the days of Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi as we want to restore Zimbabwean music internationally.

“More shows are lined up for the artistes and they will be around for about six months.

“At the moment we are embarking on the Rhythms of Southern Africa as a way of getting together the sound of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

“We have plans to bring the sound of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, and south of the Equator. We want to take the troops of talent in Africa so that we can have a combined set of African music,” said Farai.


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