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Zimbabwe's Mbira musician in Costa Rica

by Shelton Muchena
03 Sep 2021 at 06:33hrs | Views
Acclaimed Afro-jazz songbird and multi award winner Hope Masike  has been invited to the inaugural   International Day for the People of African Descendants in Costa Rica.

The invitation also becomes the first international tour for musician after the emage of Covid-19.

Costa Rica is also the first country to host these celebrations after the commemoration of the International Day of People of African Descent was formally adopted by the United Nations in 2020.

The holiday, as stated by the UN, promotes "the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and seeks to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent."

The celebrations begun with the opening ceremony that was held this past Tuesday the 31st of August at 6 p.m. at the National Theatre of Costa Rica in the capital, San Jose. In attendance were the Vice President of Costa Rica HE Epsy Campbell Barr, the Ghanaian King of The Akwamu Kingdom, Odeneho KWAFO AKOTO III, the Regional Director of UNFPA Latin America and the Caribbean Mr Harold Robinson and other dignitaries. 

Hope Masike will share the stage with international musicians such as fellow band member and Marimba virtuoso, Zimbabwe's Abel Mafuleni, American group Playing For Change, Ghanaian Grammy nominated Rocky Dawuni, The Kawe Group, Afro Fietsa, Emanuel Manu Ntaka and The Limón Concert Band. 

"When we are promoting a virtue such as respecting equality and the full recognition of everyone's rights, what better way to spread the message than through this universal language- music," said Masike. 

"I am utmost elated to be part of such an important event. Hère on, may it not just be a day of celebration. May it successfully yield good fruit for the People's of African Descent world over, and subsequently for the entire world."

Source - Byo24news