The Herald (Harare)

17 August 2012

Zimbabwe: Heroesplush Explodes!

HOSIAH CHIPANGA-MWENJE NERIMA ( Resource: Hosiah Chipanga - Mwenje Nerima

The Heroesplush explodes tonight in Gutu's Mupandawana Growth Point where over 30 performing artistes are topping the bill. The all-night commemorative gig is aimed paying tribute to Zimbabwe's fallen and living heroes who liberated the country from the clutches of colonialism leading to the attainment of Independence on April 18, 1980.

Dubbed "Lest We Forget", this is the first time that the Herosplush is being held in Gutu where it will afford the people of Masvingo a chance to witness some of Zimbabwe's leading musicians and dance groups right in their backyard.

Organisers of the event should be applauded for taking the fiesta to the area because by rotating the galas, they give them the national outlook that characterises them.

The line-up is also something to look forward to because of its diversity of performers which is a mixed bag designed to appeal to people of all ages.

Topping the bill is none other than Alick "Extrabasso" Macheso who is expected to entertain sungura music lovers with his catalogue of hits that are crowd favourites.

He will without doubt whip people into a frenzy with his songs like "Tafadzwa", "Madhawu" and "Shedia", among others, while he does what he knows best on the bass guitar and dance floor backed by his Orchestra Mberikwazvo outfit.

Energy "Tatu Muluba" Mutodi is expected to churn out his rhumba and sungura ditties backed by his Mutodi Express. "Tatu Muluba" is likely to perform "Anesu", a song he dedicated to the fallen comrades.

Also to look forward to in the sungura realm are musicians "Madzibaba" Nicholas Zakaria, Hosiah Chipanga, Freddy "Kapfupi" Manjalima and Takesure Muronzi, who are all no newcomers at national music galas of this magnitude.

Those who have witnessed their performances before know what to expect from them with the "Senior Lecturer" billed to show why he deserves that title when he performs with his Khiama Boys.

Leonard Zhakata is also expected perform and show why he is one of the giants of Zimbabwean music when he serenades fans with his Zora gems that include "Mugove", "Maruva Enyika" as well as tracks off his latest album "Gotwe - Last Born".

On the dendera music front is the duo of Suluman and Tryson Chimbetu, who have taken the genre to a new level and always leave people in awe whenever they perform.

Songs by the late Simon - Sulu's father - like "One Way", "Pane Asipo" and "Ndarangarira Gamba" are set to set the tone of the gala.

Mutare-based gospel musician Blessing Shumba will also make his maiden performance at the gala and will come with his batteries charged when he unleashes some of his hit songs like "Titeme Timene", "Hama", "Ndichauya Nei?" and "Kurwa Kwakanaka".

Divas Mercy Mutsvene and Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave will also oblige gospel fans with their acts, while man of the moment Jah Prayzah and "Young Igwe" Peter Moyo will also give the older and established musicians a good run for their money.

Cde Chinx, Albert Nyathi, Iyasa, Progress Chipfumo, Jayz Marabini, Gift Amuli and Nox Guni of the "Ndinonyara" fame make up the rest of the line-up.

This line-up alone shows the power of unity that national music galas possess and by their very nature, they also unite Zimbabweans from all walks of life.

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