Beyond Busking Project 2023 featuring Divine Mahara

Divine Mahara: A Musical Journey from Zimbabwe to Cape Town

Meet Divine Mahara, a musical prodigy hailing from the vibrant heart of Zimbabwe. With a rich tapestry of talent and a profound connection to his heritage, Divine seamlessly blends folk, Afropop, Americana, and Zimbabwean influences into his soul-stirring compositions. His music resonates with emotion, drawing comparisons to legendary artists like Marvin Gaye, George Ezra, and Oliver Mtukudzi, solidifying his status as a musical sensation.

Having graced prestigious stages, Divine’s journey reached new heights with his triumphant victory on Zimbabwe’s Got Talent in 2014. Now, join us as we delve into Divine’s captivating story, chronicled in an accompanying video that captures his evolution from auditions to the transformative Beyond Busking Programme.

Through this immersive program, Divine explored the depths of his creativity, honing his skills in songwriting, vocal training, musical arrangement, and studio production. Surrounded by a supportive community of fellow artists, Divine discovered the boundless potential for growth and collaboration.

Get ready to be swept away by Divine’s latest masterpiece, “When I’m Dreaming,” set to enchant listeners on June 14th, 2024. Produced by the dynamic duo Jonny Blundell and Nick Williams at Rootspring Studios, this track showcases Divine’s poignant lyrics and powerhouse vocals. Supported by a skilled ensemble, including Jonny Blundell on acoustic and electric guitars and percussion, Nick Williams on bass guitar, keyboards, and drum programming, and Francesca Biancoli providing backing vocals, “When I’m Dreaming” is a testament to Divine’s artistry and vision.

Pre-save/add “When I’m Dreaming” here. 

Stay connected with Divine on Instagram [@divinemahara] and Facebook [@divinemaharaa] for exclusive updates and behind-the-scenes insights.

The Cape Town Arts Festival extends heartfelt gratitude to Divine’s dedicated mentors and collaborators who have played a pivotal role in his journey. From Clive Ridgeway’s guidance in songwriting to Abigail Petersen’s expertise as a vocal coach, and from Jonny Blundell’s mentorship in guitar instruction to Lynne Holmes’ visionary leadership as the Beyond Busking programme director, Divine’s success is a testament to the power of community and collaboration.

The Beyond Busking Project 2023, a collaborative effort of co-creators and programme directors at the Ariva Arts Foundation, stands as a shining example of innovation and empowerment. Funded by the Presidential Employment Stimulus 4 (PESP) and managed by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and the Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture (DSAC), this initiative embodies the spirit of creativity and inclusivity.

🎥 by Nur Felix Film Production

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