Top American artists to share stage with local artists

By ZBC Reporter

VISITING American-based Kool and the Gang band member, Robert Bell is set to unite Zimbabwean and American musicians through a music concert to be held in Zimbabwe next year.

This was announced during Bell’s tour of the Harare International Conference Centre this Tuesday.

The band’s spokesperson Gregory Turner spoke on what Zimbabweans can expect at the musical extravaganza set for next year.

“We are coming back to Zimbabwe next year for a musical show that will comprise yesteryear musical giants from America, and new talent.

It will be a platform for them and Zimbabwean artists to learn from each other,” he said.

Zimbabwean music is not entirely new to the entourage as they reminisced sharing the stage with the late superstar Oliver Mtukudzi in Chicago ten years ago.

“I remember sharing the stage with the late Oliver back then in Chicago. It was in 2010. He was an excellent performer,” he added.

Kool and the Gang was in the company of Steady Munyanyi of Diamond Studios who highlighted how the local arts industry will benefit from the show.

“The show will be a platform for our artists to tap from the experience and expertise of international artists,” said Munyanyi.

Kool and the Gang is an American band formed in New Jersey in 1964 by Robert Bell and his brother Ronald, with the likes of Dennis Thomas and Robert Mickens.

They have explored various musical styles including jazz, soul, funk, rock and pop.

The band which was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame has also won numerous awards, including two Grammys.

Kool and the Gang which has 23 studio albums, is famed for hits such as Celebration, Cherish, Emergency and Ladies Night.

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