Hope Masike's Mbira Centre show on June 9, 2012, attracted a number of people who had never been to one of her events before, demonstrating the importance of alternative spaces and venues for music and art in general.
Alice, a Hope newbie, had this to say; "I didn't know her very well. This is the first show of hers I've been to and I loved it. She has such a beautiful clean voice. I actually have been inspired to learn the mbira."
Chiedza, another first timer at a Hope show said, "Her voice takes you places. I have never been to a mbira show, I have never been to a Hope show, so coming here was just a tester and I am glad I did."
From BBC journalist Steve Vickers, who was there with his family and who is a Hope Masike fan; "Hope is a fantastic talent. Her HIFA show was amazing. This one was different, experimental, a different setting, but her presence is fantastic and it was a brilliant show."
Para Jawona of Three Men on a Boat was just as positive; "Hope is a positive portrayal of Zimbabwean music. She represents the future and is one of those people at the forefront of preserving our heritage and culture. I think she's doing a fantastic job."
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