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Netsayi (Zimbabwe)  
&copySteve Gordon

Netsayi, the ‘Queen of Afrofolk’, has her roots deep in the musical soil of Zimbabwe, but an open-minded international sensibility. Little wonder that her original, distinctive sound has thrilled music lovers around the world. Having forged a reputation performing a cappella in London’s singer-songwriter clubs, Netsayi won universal acclaim for the albums Chimurenga Soul and Monkey’s Wedding (‘refreshingly, startlingly excellent’ raved Mojo).

Following a 40-date UK tour supporting Grammy Award-winning legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Netsayi returned home to Harare in 2010, where she established her band, Black Pressure. In 2012 they were spotted by New York composer/artistic director Paola Prestini and established an ongoing relationship that has seen them regularly wow audiences in the USA. At the forefront of the new wave of African artists gaining global recognition, Netsayi has continued to develop her solo career as composer and collaborator, working with musicians, writers, videographers and dancers to expand her artistic vision – smart, poetic, witty and always from the heart.

Africa Day sees Netsayi return to Cape Town for the first time since her rapturously-received sold-out show as part of the Pan African Space Station in 2014. Accompanied by her long-time collaborator Ray Mupfumira of Black Pressure, Netsayi will play new material in anticipation of her forthcoming studio project and tour.
Instrumentation:
guitar, marimba, vocals
Genre: afropop, folk


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