In 2014 Freshlyground were denied entry into Zimbabwe. They were due to perform at the Harare International Festival of the arts closing concert and were unable to do so. Three years later they have still not returned to Zimbabwe, but continue to show their support for the country and for the festival that they could not perform at.

HIFA is a 17-year-old Arts festival that showcases the best of local, regional and international arts and culture.  The difficult socio-economic challenges faced by Zimbabwe today has had a severe impact on the ability of funders, who traditionally support the festival, to continue to do so.   When friends of HIFA heard about the situation they launched a crowdfunding campaign on Thundafund to raise funds to save HIFA.

When Zolani and her band members were approached to assist with the campaign they gladly accepted offering a secret summer concert as a reward for a contribution as well as an early download of their new album.

“I love HIFA! It’s certainly one of the best on the continent and one of my favorite festivals to perform at in all the world. I so hope that one day soon we will be able to go back and be a part of the incredibly resilient, ever creative spirit of the Zimbabwean people which is felt so tangibly at HIFA.”

Zolani Mahola

“HIFA is an amazing festival. And we’ve had some amazing performances there amongst what is always a world class lineup. The festival is a platform for hope and engagement, and has been a space for solace & fortification after many years of political frustration for the people of Zimbabwe. Freshlyground are banned from performing in Zimbabwe, but urge you to join us to help keep this festival going in whatever way you can.”

Simon Attwell

The campaign has a week left to raise funds! To support it and check out some of the funky rewards on offer visit