The Herald (Harare)

2 October 2012

Zimbabwe: Family Day Delight

The Police Commissioner-General's Funfair held on Saturday is growing each year judging by the number of people who turned up for this year's edition. The event lived to its billing as a family day fete, as parents came with their children for a day of fun, where they were treated to different fun-filled events.

They enjoyed performances by different musical groups and a women's football match, pitting the Zimbabwe national senior women's soccer team against a ZRP select side.

The Police Band, which was the first to entertain revellers, proved that with the right instruments, they are worthy entertainers and can belt out music of any genre.

The band started off with reggae songs much to the delight of the crowd but it was the rendition of Busy Signal and Mavado's songs which sent the crowd, mostly youths, into a frenzy.

The band also catered for the mature audience and played Chase Skuza's "Banolila" and Comrade Chinx's "Chikopokopo."

Sungura maestro Alick Macheso upped the tempo with his fast-paced beat, which left many in the crowd sweating as everyone danced to the sungura beat on a hot afternoon.

Macheso displayed his prowess on the strings as he used his head to strum the guitar much to the awe of the crowd. However, there were some glitches during Macheso's performance when the stage temporarily gave in, resulting in a brief stoppage.

Blessing Shumba blessed the day with his gospel tunes, which forced even the visibly drunk off their seats to dance and appreciate the soothing music.

The "Mufaro" hitmaker carefully chose his playlist to suit the party mood and he did not dampen the spirit either. Desmond "Stunner" Chideme also proved that he was still in the game by producing a stunning performance.

Dressed in all white, the urban grooves artiste belted hit songs such as "Team Hombe," and "Tisu Mashark" that have made him a household name.

On the other hand, upcoming musician Peter Moyo did not disappoint either as he put up a spirited performance. Dressed in a familiar all red attire, The Utakataka Express frontman, dazzled fans with a trademark smile that reminded many of his late father, but it was the transition from one song to another that people really enjoyed. National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri was overwhelmed by the huge turnout.

"We are very excited about the huge crowds that have graced this year's edition," he said.

"The turnout is beyond expectation. This is one of the biggest family events the Zimbabwe Republic Police has organised. This special day is meant to celebrate with families in dance, music and other forms of entertainment."

The funfair was held under the theme "Blessed is the hand that giveth than the hand that taketh".

Former Big Brother Africa All Stars housemate Munyaradzi Chidzonga; his wife Adiona, and local soapie stars were among the celebrities who attended the fair.

Proceedings kicked off with a football match that saw the Mighty Warriors playing against a select side with players drawn from the police teams.

The police motorcycle squad, dog section and acrobats also treated the crowd to scintillating displays.

Roki and Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave also rocked the crowd.

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