The Herald (Harare)

25 May 2012

Zimbabwe: Centenary Will Never Be the Same Again

This is no doubt the best year for tobacco farmers in the Centenary area as they now have a place to cool off after selling the golden leaf. A new leisure spot, Club Changaz, opened its doors early this year and has already brought two big artistes to the area.

First it was First Farai, who played on Saturday night in April but was forced to spend the following day playing again for free after a 500-strong crowd gave him a warm welcome.

The entertainment-starved farmers threw cash on the stage in appreciation of his music.

Said First Farai: "That was one of the best gigs in my life. I felt like I belonged to the fans as they were so easy to cheer. I had to spend the whole day playing for them because they had lifted my spirit as a musician.

Then only last week Nicholas "Madzibaba" Zakaria was in Centanary and played for a good seven hours.

Said Madzibaba: "It was not easy to leave the stage. These people have been disadvantaged because they have not been able to attend live shows. This was a good gesture by the club owners."

The owner of the club, Zakaria Five popularly known as Changamire in music circles, says his passion for music drove him to open the club.

"I have always loved music, something that was influenced by my association the late Chaka Khumulani of Gakamoto Jumbo Stars.

Changamire says they have a long list of musicians who will be playing at the centre among them Romeo Gasa, Gift Amuli and Alick Macheso.

Somandla Ndebele will be rocking the spot on June 2 and the farmers have since marked their calendars, so that they will not miss the event.

A resident of the area, Tichapera Dondo, said this development has brought light in their area.

As the African continent celebrates its day today, the people of Centenary will be gathered at Club Changaz where they will enjoy drama, traditional music as well as Smoko music from Leeroy Kamusena.

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