Arts Correspondent —
Korean music and dance festival will kick off tonight night with a special performance from an all-female Korean music ensemble named Dasrum at the Reps Theatre.
According to the organisers, the festival is meant to celebrate Korean arts and culture, focusing on traditional music, dance and food.
In a statement, organisers said Dasrum will also share the stage with mbira princess Hope Masike.
“The musical group is accompanied by its director and composer,Yu Eun Sun and will play nine different traditional instruments.
“They will not only play Korean traditional music, but will also present their interpretation of Jah Prayzah’s popular song ‘Mudhara Achauya’ in collaboration with Masike”, said the organisers.
Masike will play some of her music together with Dasrum and this will be an interesting fusion of Korean traditional instruments and the mbira.
Some of the instruments to be played include the Gayageum, which is a stringed instrument that produces different sounds, the Haegeum, which is the Korean version of a violin, the Daegeum traditional flute and the Janggu, which is an hour glass drum.
The celebrations continue on Wednesday with a workshop at a local hotel, hosted by Korean female dance group Artfield that is led by director Hur Sung Jae, in collaboration with AfriKera Arts Trust of Zimbabwe and Music Crossroads.
“This will be a fun day as Afrikera and Artfield dance group will be playing the ‘Sam go mu’ Korean traditional drum showing their skills and talents which is part and parcel of the cultural exchange that is at the core of the Korea Festival in Zimbabwe”.
The dance group will also display their talent at the KOICA Alumni Association in Zimbabwe (KAAZ) movie night being held at the same venue on September 29.
Artfield’s performance, which signals the end of the festival will be at the Korean Ambassador’s Residence on October 3.
The group will also visit the balancing rocks in Epworth as well as the country’s sculpture galleries.