Rudo Chasi, Zimbabwe
1) What does jazz music mean to you? To your community?
My name is Rudo Chasi and I am a guitarist, singer and songwriter. Divas’ Night is my initiative to promote young women in music by providing a free platform to perform their art and grow in terms of stage performance.It is an initiative supported by Pamberi Trust and Nzou Arts Centre.
I have a passion for women and music, I want to see women win and become the music industry game changers. I would want to see women in music grow from being marginalized in the industry to becoming musical powerhouses in the country of Zimbabwe. I am a lawyer by profession and quite passionate about the arts and I plan on setting up an organisation specializing in creating opportunities for Zimbabwean musicians which include performance platforms, Intellectual Property training and collaborative projects.
Jazz music to me means a unique rhythmic sound which artists use to convey powerful messages that at times influence society and brings positive change.
2) Why are you celebrating International Jazz Day? Why is it important?
We are celebrating International Jazz Day as African Zim Divas because so many of us have been inspired by African female icons such as Miriam Makeba, Dudu Manhenga and Dorothy Masuka who came on to the International music scene proving that the African woman has a place on a musical stage and can sing with dignity and grace contrary to
some beliefs. In Zimbabwe afrojazz music has been used to tell beautiful love stories, life stories as well and as such it has been an important part of the Zimbabwean community.
3) What would you like to see happen through this day – short term and long term?
I would like to see women from different walks of life African , American , European women unite through musical jazz collaborations recorded projects , stage performances showing and appreciating their different interpretations of Jazz music. I am sure we will be amazed at the unique interpretation of jazz that people from different places have. I would also like to see the use of jazz with other art forms that can express its positive values.