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Tim D Marks

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

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Tim D Marks

You don’t need to be a musician yourself to use Mix The City – select the musicians you want to hear and watch your creation come to life. Launched in April 2015, Mix The City Tel Aviv – partly funded by The Space and the BBC – led to a further nine incarnations of Mix The City globally, but this is the first of its kind in the whole of Africa. So far, over two million people in over 208 countries have accessed Mix The City.

Mix the City Harare has been partly funded by Econet Wireless and supported by Zimbabwean Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry and Harare International Festival of the Arts. 

Arts are a cornerstone of the British Council's mission to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. Partnerships between artists, institutions and organisations such as Mix the City Harare are at the heart of our programme in Sub-Saharan Africa which aims to develop skills and capacity across the creative industries and celebrate their achievements. Last month the British Council launched the Selector in Zimbabwe on Capitalk FM. The Selector is an award-winning radio show that covers all styles of music from indie, dubstep, folk, soul, electro and everything in between. The show features interviews, mixes and exclusive live sessions from some of the most exciting British artists and is broadcast in over 40 countries. Each week DJ and presenter Goldierocks brings us the brilliance and diversity of British music, promoting the sounds, talents and musical culture of modern Britain to an international audience.

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