By Daniel Chigundu
ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) says it has endorsed the 2018 edition of the ZiMarimba Fest which is set to take place at Prince Edward School on the 25th of May.
ZiMarimba Fest is an officially registered Guinness World Record event that is attempting to ensemble the largest marimba group to play together and already over 100 schools drawn from across the country have been invited to participate.
The current record was attained by Oxley State School of Brisbane, Australia on November 3, 2016, with a record of 108 marimba players.
According to ZTA’s director of corporate affairs Godfrey Koti, the authority has already endorsed the event and will offer assistance for its successful hosting.
“There is a brilliant world record attempt by a Zimbabwean band, the ZTA has endorsed the event and will be supporting it in every way possible,” he said.
The festival has also been endorsed by the Zimbabwe College of Music, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and the Jesuit Education Office (who are the coordinators of the popular AMDG Music Festival).
This exciting and record-breaking event which is expected to place Zimbabwe on the world map in the African arts comes at a time when the country through ZTA and the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry is repositioning itself in terms of marketing tourism attraction centres that include cultural activities.
The successful hosting of ZiMarimba Fest 2018 will also go a long way in raising awareness for the Zimbabwe Championship of Performing Arts (ZiCOPA) which is a platform that gives artist the opportunity to compete in ‘Olympics of arts’ while seeking to identify, develop local Zimbabwean talent and nurture artists to understand arts as an alternative career path in entrepreneurship.
Zimbabwe Schools and Marimba players are organised by Mpiwa Gwindi, a 17-year-old Zimbabwean marimba player and they will play a popular marimba song as the booming ensemble.
ZiMarimba Fest is a nationwide event and schools from all over Zimbabwe are going to participate in this event notably Prince Edward School of Harare, which is the host.
Participants are drawn from both junior and senior schools and are coming from such areas as Ruwa, Mutare, Nyanga, Masvingo, Marondera and Chishawasha, as well as high-density schools from Zengeza, Highfields and Hwedza.
According to program organisers, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke is the guest of honour and speeches will also come from ZiCOPA national director among a host of other notable guests expected to grace the event with their presence.
In addition, a mini-marimba challenge will be held for the participants and there will also be amazing prizes for spectators who will enter the ZiMarimba Fest day-long raffle.
Zimbabwe is rich in culture which if effectively marketed can earn the country the much needed foreign currency through tourism receipts.