Zimbabwe’s cultural ambassador Luckson “Manlukerz” Chikutu had called on the government and all stakeholders in the arts to unite for the return of bira festivals in the country.
Manlukerz has always been passionate about the bira festival and has introduced Zimbabwe Music Festival Bira (ZIMFEBI) a concept that was well received.
“I am calling all stakeholders in the music industry to play their part in the revival of biras. Our ZIMFEBI concept has been well received and I am calling people to play their part in the revival of such,” he said.
He said he was still looking for funding to host such events.
Traditional music is one the most wanted genres outside the country’s boarders and most musicians have strike gold because of it’s demand in foreign lands.
The demand of the genre has enhanced positive developments on tourism and cultural exchanges between Zimbabwe and other countries.
Musicians such as Hope Masike, Chiwoniso Mararire, Thomas Mapfumo, the late Oliver Mtukudzi and Jah Prayzah just to mention a few have put the country on the spotlight performing at high profile festivals.
Manlukerz believe the revival of traditional music festivals locally can breathe life into artistes.
Revival of festivals like the Zimbabwe Music Festival Bira (Zimfebi) is instrumental in promoting tourism and cultural exchanges.
“Festivals such as Zimfebi are instrumental as they put the country on spotlight. Locally they give generations a reminder of our culture. We get enough respect from other nationalities over sharing our flashback identity through music and dance,” he said.
So far Manlukerz has released six albums hand he has been performing at various festivals in Sweden.