Bindura born Hope Masike who debuted her HIFA appearance in 2010 post release of her first album, HOPE will share the stage with the iconic Africa icon Salif Keita whose legendary career lit and stormed stages globally as the HIFA 2015 comes to a close on Sunday night.
Salif, now 66 from Mali has dated the Zimbabwean audience since 2010 and last year gave a sterling performance that left organisers scrambling with program adjustments to suit the patrons who kept demanding for more.
Masike’s mbira, vocals and flawless stage presence lit up the third day at HIFA with a magical performance in the intimate amphi-theatre of the Global Stage. Lithe, barefoot and enchanting, she displayed an almost childlike playfulness, and held every eye in the audience with a fierce magnetism – which was no small feat given the extraordinary quality of the musicians with which she shared the stage.
Her energy, and that of her bandmates, flowed seamlessly into the crowd, the tempo rising with each song. After one excited fan took to her feet to dance in front of the stage many followed suit, enthusiastically singing her lyrics back to her in a manner which must have raised the attention of anyone in the Craft Market around the small arena – and the jealousy of those who could not find a place inside. A 50-minute set passed all too soon, and left an excited audience baying for more, needless to say Sunday will dish out more of Masike’s perfomance fused with Salif Keita’s stage electricity.
Last night on live chat with ZimOnline Radio’s DJ Cupcake Tariro neGitare who fondly knows Hope quite too well having worked with her on a number of projects hinted of the magic to come on stage.