By Problem Masau
HARARE – Ammara Brown, daughter of the legendary musician Andy Brown, proved her mettle with a top-drawer performance during the Harare International Festival of the Arts opening night on Tuesday.
Scores of fans thronged the Telecel Main Stage for the opening and what a treat they got. Unlike previous editions, this year’s Hifa opened with the national anthem before the music went into full swing going back to the good old days.
Yesteryear hits from Dolly Parton, Miriam Makeba, The Beatles, Abba to more recent ones like the late Brenda Fassie, Oliver Mtukudzi and Alexio Kawara were being churned out.
Then it was time for Andy Brown’s song, “Mapurisa” which got everyone singing along. That is when Ammara proved her critics wrong with a fine delivery. Dressed in a glittering pair of shorts and a matching top with high heels, Ammara’s performance was full of colour, verve and energy.
To her credit, the young musician did not try to imitate Western dances that were being displayed by other artistes, instead she chose to do the “Zora Butter” and “Borrowdale” dances popularised by sungura maestro Alick Macheso.
She delighted her fans with the moves on stage. Although her performance was short, it left a lasting impression. Hifa organisers should be commended for selecting her to perform her father’s songs.
“I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to perform to such amazing crowd, it was enthralling,” she said.
Ammara said she loved dancing besides singing.
“I am passionate about music and dance which have taken me to many places around the world. The more I travelled around the globe the more I discovered that Zimbabwean artistes, like my father, had a lot to offer to the world,” she said.
Her control of the crowd was amazing while her vocal clarity was simply out of this world.
“My father might have passed on but his music legacy lives on and I am here to keep the fire burning,” she said.