Thanks so much for all the positive reactions to my Part 1 of my HIFA experience and to everyone whose been a follower of the blog, as well as the new followers! Here’s part 2 which is the last chapter of the story
MEETING SHINGAI SHONIWA: The next day was day 2 of HIFA. We woke up bright and early to make it to the radio station where Lo works called Zi Fm which is a privately owned station. Lo hosts a show called ‘Off The Wall’ on the weekends with her co-host Danny who I got to meet later on that night and is now super famous for giving Shingai Shoniwa a shoulder ride during her Hifa performance.
Speaking of Shingai, Lo interviewed her and Dan and their new Noisettes band member for her radio show. I’ve loved Shingai’s style since forever, so I tried to act nonchalant when she came in. She was super nice and said hello to everyone. I got to be in the studio with Lo while she interviewed her, and the Noisettes did a private recording, which was great, because I wasn’t going to be able to see their show because I was leaving the next day.
I got to take a picture with Shingai and she said she loved my shirt while I complimented her on her turban.
We got to the HIFA grounds and went down to the HIVOS poetry café where ‘Trash Queens’ fashion show was happening. Designers recyclable materials to create outfits. We spent the rest of the day shooting street style, and our intro’s for ‘The Fest Guru’s’, then we checked out my clients Barefeet Theatre’s performance of ‘Tujuka Must Die’, I was a guest on Lo’s radio show. We headed home to eat and freshen up and get ready for Tehn Diamond and Jnr Brown’s show.
TEHN DIAMOND’S SHOW
While Lo had to go and do more hifa stuff for her radio show, she left me in the company of some of her Zim friends as we waited for Tehn’s show to begin at the Coca Cola stage. I met lots of creative people; mostly artists and I felt like I was at one of C1rca 1964 x Zed Creatives brunches cuz it was all super creative people on one table and I asked them about the creative industry in Zim and spoke about the one we have in Zambia.
Lo came to get me so I could interview Tehn and Take Fizzo the dj for ‘The Fest Guru’s Show’. I was a bit nervous about doing the interview alone, but Tehn and Fizzo were really hyped, so I fed off their energy and we got the interview done a few minutes before they had to go on stage.
The show itself was amazing. I keep reliving the show in my head. It was amazing to see that everyone in the audience (well except me) knew the words to every song that Tehn did. I’ve never seen anything like that at a concert in Zambia.
After the show ended, we chilled at the Green Room which was a VIP only tent for artists. Don’t ask how we got in J I chatted to Larry of threemenonaboat about the creative industry, with Adam from Barefeet, and with Farai. We ended the night at an outdoor dj party which was fun and cold!
ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END…
The next day, bright and early, Lo and her mum dropped me off at the bus station and I headed home to Lusaka. All in all, it was a quick but fun trip and I’m already talking to Lo about when next I’m going to Zim which is August for the Shako Festival. I’ll also make a stop in Bulawayo and Lo plus the ‘Fest Guru’s team’ should be in Zambia for the Livingstone Cultural and Arts festival. *Fingers crossed!
Thanks to Lo, her family, and everyone who made my Harare trip amazing!