South African multi-award-winning jazz maestro McCoy Mrubata is set to bring a heyday vibe in Bulawayo as he is set to be the main performer at this year’s edition of the Spring Feelings Jazz Concert which will be held on 3 September at Country City (along Airport road).
Mrubata, who is expected to arrive in the City of Kings on 2 September in the afternoon, will use the gig to celebrate with his local fans after being honoured with a lifetime achievement accolade at the 2022 South African Music Awards (SAMAs) on 28 August.
Joining the Jazz saxophonist on stage will be the legendary Cool Crooners, Kelly Rusike and Jazz Invitation, Bulawayo Combined Jazz Band, Abby Ncube, Hudson Simbarashe and Ash Bass and Friends.
From his base in Johannesburg Mrubata said he was excited to be performing in Zimbabwe.
“I am excited to finally come and perform in Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, a place I can relate to as I will be performing at the Country City. Jazz fanatics will be treated to a fantastic performance from midday.
“I urge all those who love our music to come in numbers as this will be a not to miss show,” said Mrubata.
Prince Tshabalala from Big Scale Entertainment who are the organisers of the event said they invited Mrubata as a way of appreciating his contribution in the African Jazz scene while he is still alive.
“Mrubata is a giant. He has been in the game for over four decades now and he is still going strong. This is a man who has performed with the likes of Hugh Masekela, Sipho “Stix” Mabuse, Moses Molelekwa, Billy Ocean among other music legends.
“As Big Scale, on this particular concert we strive to bring top jazz artistes and the late legend Oliver Mtukudzi was the last to get an invite from us in 2018.
“After Tuku, this year it’s Mrubata and that on its own is a sign of how huge McCoy is. Jazz music lovers are invited and urged to come in numbers as this is a must-attend gig,” said Tshabalala.