The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Charambas Preach Peace, Calm On Roads

Popular gospel musician Pastor Charles Charamba reiterated his prayer for peace in Zimbabwe. The revered gospel singer, who was the main act at a family show held in the Harare Gardens on Saturday, took the opportunity to preach peace and calm on the roads.

"Thank you very much for coming to worship with us. I do hope that God will guide us to remain peaceful and that as we travel this Easter no accidents will occur," he said sealing off his performance.

The Fishers of Men frontman and his band wore red as the main colour on stage mixing it with black garments, which lit up the choreography.

It was a splendid show by all standards especially that it was their first show in the Harare Gardens this year. Those who couldn't dance just sat on the lush green grass and enjoyed a picnic with their families while listening to the music.

Business was brisk for ice cream vendors such that they almost ran out way before the show was over. As part of entertainment for the children, there was popcorn and face painting at the main entrance.

Such scenes are familiar whenever the Charambas hold their concerts and that the gig ended at 6pm proved that it was indeed a family show.

Also on the bill was Jane Doka, the UK-based songstress. Doka proved her mettle before a huge crowd that attended the concert with her amazing act filled with energy and enthusiasm.

She gave her best and showed the fans that she was happy to be home.

Meanwhile, when it comes to partying in kwaito music there is nobody who does it better than Professor.

He makes dancing look simple and his sing-along music makes it all more enjoyable even when one is sober.

Professor, born Langa Kholile, was in the capital Harare last week and he literally brought the city to a grinding halt as fans peeped through their windows to catch a glimpse of his entourage from the Harare International Airport to a city hotel. But when the time to rock the audiences came, Professor -- who performed for just over an hour -- did not disappoint a minute. He came fired up for the gig clad in his trademark blue beret and a jacket.

That he has one album to his credit, the "Durbanite" still gave his best in song to a packed Chez Ntemba Nightclub. His act was felt throughout the gig as Kalawa Jazmee's number one seller Professor proved a point that even without a live band he is still a pleasure to watch.

The "club bangers" like "Imoto" and "Jezebel" got everyone on the dance floor which albeit was too small for the South African kwaito sensation.

The 2005 hit song "Woz 'e Durban" left the crowd clamouring for more but the party continued with the local DJs on the decks.

Other performers on the night included Trae Yung as well as rhumba-plus star Madiz.

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