We are inviting the world to discover the sights and sounds of Zimbabwe with Mix The City Harare. Wherever you are, listen to Zimbabwe’s musicians and journey through iconic landmarks on your mobile, tablet or computer then use the simple on-screen controls to create your own music mix and share it online.
We are delighted that UK music producer Oli Bayston, better known as Boxed In, has joined up with the British Council for this project. Earlier in the year, he travelled to Zimbabwe to record 12 local musicians. Now you can meet them all, hear their music and create your own mix from their sounds. You’ll discover Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, legendary co-founder of the regional band ‘Mahube’ who is known by his many fans as Tuku; polyrhythmic percussionist Douglas Vambe, famous for the drum beat that has announced national news bulletins since 1962; dancehall artist Soul Jah Love; Afro-beat superstars Jah Prayzah and Ammara Brown; Josh Meck, one of Zimbabwe's most high profile Afro-jazz musicians; DJ Ray Dizz who has showcased his work at Ministry of Sound (London), Harare International Festival of the Arts and DJ Mag (Las Vegas); and Othnell ‘Mangoma’ Moyo, an ethnomusicologist and craftsman who builds the majority of the instruments he uses. Also featured are the ever energetic Blessing Chimanga, DJ Smyliy, the Prince Edward School and the renowned apostolic choral group Vabati va Jehova.
The musicians were recorded in iconic locations across the city including the Lion and Cheetah Park, the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare International Airport, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Joina City Mall – the biggest shopping mall in Zimbabwe – Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary, JP Studios, Prince Edward School Chapel, the colourful Mbare Flats, Julius Nyerere Footbridge and the legendary Dr Oliver Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Arts Centre