Ano Shumba is a trained Zimbabwean music journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shumba writes for the Music In Africa (MIA), an information and exchange web portal dedicated to the African music sector which is owned and governed by the Music In Africa Foundation.
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The Zimbo Jam
In 2010, he was hired by The Zimbo Jam as a junior journalist. During his stint at The Zimbo Jam, Shumba covered big music events such as the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA), Chimanimani Arts Festival, Harare Jazz Festival, Zimbabwe International Film Festival, Shoko Festival, Jikinya Traditional Dance Festival and others. While at The Zimbo Jam, he managed to interview such artists as Akon, Sean Paul, Bennie Man, Brick & Lace, Akala, Nneka, the late Tongai Moyo, Alick Macheso and others.
Music In Africa
Shumba moved to Johannesburg in 2013 and worked for small business magazines namely Transform SA and SME South Africa, respectively. He later joined MIA in 2015. MIA has offices in Southern Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, West Africa (Anglophone) and West Africa (Francophone). Shumba covers Southern Africa and has interviewed prominent artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Thomas Mapfumo, Salif Keita, Yemi Alade, Oliver Mtukudzi, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the late Ray Phiri, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jah Prayzah, Baloji, The Soil, Canadian jazz band Avataar, Unathi, The Dogg, Freshlyground, PilAto, Sherifa Gunu, Tay Grin, Lucius Banda, Nadia Nakai, Dr Tumi, Mmatema Moremi and others.
At MIA, he has attended and covered big music events like Sauti za Busara, South African Music Awards, Global Citizen Festival, Bushfire Festival, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Mangaung African Cultural Festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Bassline Africa Day Concert, Fête de la Musique (Johannesburg) among others.