One of the biggest musical events in Southern Africa is Music Crossroads International Festival which draws best young talent from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. All artists are selected after local and national qualification rounds.
In the past 10 years a special Ethno Prize was established to recognize the talent and skills in playing a traditional instrument. This year’s prize was given to Rutendo Machiridza of Savannah Afros (Zimbabwe) who had an amazing performance and showed a great versatility and skill in playing different local instruments. She was awarded a European trip and she will bring the sounds and flavors of Zimbabwe to this year’s Ethno Sweden and Ethno Croatia!
Music Crossroads International (MCI) is a unique youth empowerment through music program initiated in 1995 by Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI). The program provides young people aged between 15 and 25 in 5 Southern African countries musical opportunities and exposure, in addition to training in music and life skills.