All is set for the 13th edition of Zimbabwe’s longest running festival of urban culture, Shoko Festival.
In a statement, the organizers revealed that this year’s festival is set to run from the 28th to the 30th of September 2023 in Harare and Chitungwiza.
“This year’s edition will feature a star-studded line up of headline acts including the NAMA-award winning rapper Bling4, globetrotting
“Zimbabwean singer, Gemma Griffiths and the popular Afrobeats artist, Nutty O. Also headlining the festival is South Africa’s Xabiso Vili – the current World Poetry Slam Champion – and Botswana’s multi award winning Afro pop artist, Jordan Moozy.
“The theme for Shoko Festival 2023 is ‘The Take Back’. It’s a call for young Zimbabweans to reclaim their space and their art to create a better future for all.
“The festival will feature a variety of events, including the opening Mash Up night, the popular Shoko Comedy Roast, the Hub Unconference, and the Peace In The Hood Concert,” read the statement.
They added that this year’s festival will feature an array of international acts who are set to thrill festival goers.
“This year, we are giving the people an inspiring 3 days of powerful music, thought-provoking talks and riotous laughter,” says Festival Director, Comrade Fatso, “Join us to hear young people reclaim their voices and their art forms!”
“Shoko will feature Xabiso Vili, a multi-award winning South African performer, writer, producer and social activist. He is the 2022 World Poetry Slam Champion and is in the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans,” read the statement.
The festival is a celebration of free expression, cutting edge urban art and alternative youth culture.