Built in 1972 by George Tawengwa, Mushandirapamwe Hotel was the first black-owned hotel in then, Salisbury. Mushandirapamwe means “working together as one.” The hotel honoured its name by serving as a nationalist refuge and artistic haven for politically conscious musicians and freedom fighters in Zimbabwe’s Liberation Struggle. Prolific musicians such as Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo, Dorothy Masuka, Simon Chimbetu, Hugh Masekela and bassist, Bakithi Kumalo, birthed their legendary careers right at the Mushandirapamwe Hotel.
“The hotel was THE performance venue for artists of my generation in the pre-1980 independence era. If you hadn’t played there you hadn’t played music – that kind of hype.” – Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi
JOIN US for an intimate garden concert offering a first-listen of music from Tanyaradzwa’s upcoming album “Mushandirapamwe.” Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa is an acclaimed singer and composer based in America, and granddaughter of the entrepreneurial visionary George Tawengwa. Her unique Shona compositions have premiered in major music venues all over the world including Carnegie Hall in New York.