rute mbangwa.jpgThe ‘Ladies in Jazz’ festival roars into life this evening at the Jazz 105, with organisers and artists optimistic that the mini fair will be confidence booster for local female musicians.

The three night festival is a weekend affair of jazz from established and upcoming female jazz musicians, which is aimed at putting female artists into the mainstream industry.

Female jazz sensations, Rute Mbangwa and The Other Four lead singer, Clare Nyakujara concurred that the festival is a noble initiative and will uplift local female musicians’ careers.

“This is an opportunity for female Jazz musicians to breakthrough into the music industry,” said Mbangwa.

Organiser of the event, Josh Hozheri of Jazz 105 says the festival comes after the realisation that most female musicians are not being given a chance to showcase their talents with most being used as backing artists.

In the recent past, female musicians have shown that they can match or surpass their male counterparts as evidenced by the annual Female Jazz Festival which has been running since 2004.

Also expected to perform during the festival are Diana Samkange, Jean Masters, Dudu Manhenga and Cessia among others.