Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) Music Crossroads Festival

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Country and Region ZimbabweHarare
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe
Festival Contact Information

Music Crossroads
Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI)
Palais des Beaux Arts
Rue Baron Horta, 13
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32-2 513 97 74
Fax: +32-2 514 47 55

Festival Description

Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), the world’s largest youth music network organizes the annual showcase of Southern Africa’s best young musical performers. The InterRegional Music Crossroads Festival is held in Harare, Zimbabwe and features bands from Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. JMI’s Music Crossroads Southern Africa (MCSA) program is open to young bands (with musicians aged 15-24) of all styles, including ethnic/traditional, pop, rock, hip-hop and all imaginable mergers in between. To reach the InterRegional Festival, bands have first to win in local, provincial and national competitions, which are organised annually by national MCSA organizations.

MCSA, founded in 1995, is a unique youth empowerment through music initiative of JMI. Using music as the unparalleled medium to reach out to young people and to provide a platform for professional opportunities, the MCSA program aims to improve the self-awareness and social inclusion of young African individuals and to become a resource for developing the music infrastructure in the five target countries. A number of participant workshops will be run in parallel to the Festival, focusing on equipment, stage awareness, instrument training, band management, artistic development and relationship workshops.

Festival Dates May 27 - 31, 2008
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