Local Afro-soul sensation Qeqeshiwe “Qeqe” Mntambo is set to stage an online performance amid the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown with India’s Common Roots Foundation.
The initiative which is a collaboration by the Indian Foundation for the Arts and Give India among other stakeholders, will see various online shows that will see Qeqe featuring on 9, 16, 23 and 30 May from 2pm to 2am (Indian time).
They will be broadcast live on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on Common Roots pages.
The dreadlocked actress-cum-musician revealed that apart from doing what she loves which is jamming, she believed the gig would pave a way to finding an international market as the online show would capture many international viewers.
As she was set to do an unplugged show at the National Gallery in Bulawayo on 25 March and cancelled due to the lockdown, Qeqe revealed that she would divert all her energy to the online gig and pour out her rhythmic and soulful display.
“I was lucky enough to be part of the Common Roots online gig which is from India and I am grateful to be invited and perform in such a platform because I have been longing to do an online performance and am looking forward to bringing my best out of it.
”Apart from doing what I love which is dazzling the stage, I believe this gig is God’s way of communicating that I am ready for an international stage and am looking forward to capturing the foreign audience,” said Qeqe.
Kumnyama, her 2016 debut single which announced her arrival on the local music scene, will headline her performance.
“Because of this Covid 19 pandemic that the world is facing, I believe we are all confused by this darkness that has fallen on the world as even to date there is no vaccine for the virus. Therefore, my song Kumnyama talks of such obstacles hence I have decided to make it the headline of my performance,” she said.
She will perform some of her songs including Secret Admirer, He Gives Me Love, Intsuku and one cover song by Bob Marley.
She will share the platform with over 25 internationally acclaimed artistes such as Al Parkinson, Tritha Sinha, Raghu Dixit,The Tramline Project, and Ambarish Ghosh.
Qeqe is not an amateur on the international stages as she has toured Germany, Austria, Russia with Intombi zoMqangala and United States of America and Ivory Coast with Umkhathi Theatre Works.