Shoko Festival 2023: Everything You Need To Know

Zimbabwe's longest-running festival of urban culture returns for its 13th edition this week. Taking place in Harare and Chitungwiza, from the 28th to the 30th of September, the festival will be running under the theme The TakeBack. This is a call for young Zimbabweans to reclaim their space and their art to create a better future for all. 

Shoko Festival 2023: Everything You Need To Know

This year's festival will feature NAMA Award-winning rapper Bling4, the globetrotting songstress Gemma Griffiths, dancehall sensation Nutty O, World Poetry Slam champion Xabiso Vili (South Africa) and multi-award-winning Afropop artist Jordan Moozy (Botswana), among a long list of performers.

As the festival director describes it's going to be an inspiring 3 days of powerful music, thought-provoking talks and riotous laughter.  The festival is going to have its one-of-a-kind conference at Moto Republik kicking off on the 28th of September and running for 2 days. The same venue will also be host to a Mash Up night, a Women Cypher, a Comedic Roast at Reps Theatre and the Peace in the Hood concert to close things out.

Hub Unconference (28 - 29 September)

Moto Republik (Harare) - Shoko Festival's annual platform for thought-provoking conversations will be running from 9 am - 4 pm across the 2 days, with discussions ranging from AI to Social Movements revolutionizing Social Media and Rural Media Innovation. There will also be a variety of Masterclasses conducted, including Graphics Design and Photography.

Shoko Thursday Night

Moto Republik (Harare) - Shoko Festival's Thursday night will kick off with a free-to-attend augmented reality exhibition running from 5 pm - 6 pm, titled #ZimbabweanLivesMatter. From 6:15 pm a combination of several running events will kick off, which include the Voice2Rep - Intetho, Women's Cypher, solo performances from Young Gemini and Xabiso Vili, Bluffhill Jams and Mash Up Night to end proceedings. A ticket will be going for $5 for the combination of events.

Shoko Friday Night

Moto Republik (Harare) - Shoko Festival's Friday night will have two free-to-attend events: Poetree Slam with Xabiso Vili: Taking back our future, and Gaming Hub x Otakukon which will have cosplay and gaming.

The Roast of Kuda Musasiwa (Begottensun)

Reps Theatre (Harare) - In collaboration with Simuka Comedy, Shoko Festival will be hosting the roast of rising entrepreneur and Zimhiphop stalwart Kuda Musasiwa. Doc Vikela will be the roast master and the roast panel will feature Candace Mwakalyelye, R Peels, Ba Shupi and Babongile Sikhonjwa. Tickets will be $10 each.

Peace in the Hood

Unit L Community Hall Grounds (Chitungwiza) - The free-to-attend Peace in the Hood concert which has long been Shoko Festival's closing event will feature a long lineup of artists, especially giving Zimhiphop's rising names a platform. The headliners for the concert are going to be Gemma Griffiths, Nutty O, Hwinza Menternah, Bling4, Chikk'oz, Bagga, Mycole Biller, Tha Nu Vyb, and DJ Tashman.

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