27 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Judgment Day Gig Fever Grips Fans

The much anticipated dancehall gig dubbed Judgment Day scheduled for the City Sports Centre in Harare on December 7 is gathering momentum with fans calling on the promoters for a tune for tune on the day.

The gig which is sponsored by Red Rose Entertainment will see Jamaican reggae musician Capleton aka King Shango making a return to Zimbabwe following his debut visit in 2010.

Tune for tune is when artistes play their best songs and are then judged by the audience on their performance.

What is probably exciting about this show, is that Shango makes a return to the capital at a time when more people than before, now have an appreciation of reggae and dancehall music.

It is also a plus on Capleton's part since reggae fans now enjoy his music, following his debut visit to the country two years ago.

When he was in the country in 2010, Shango performed at Andy Millar Hall on December 31 and Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza on New Year.

This time around, several young reggae and dancehall artistes would support his show, which will see Winky D, Sniper Storm, Guspy Warrior, Jiggaz, Freeman, Lady B, Lady Squanda and a coterie of local disc jockeys battling for honour.

Is also interesting to note that attention would be centred on two of Zimbabwe's leading chanters, Winky D born Wallace Chirimuko who leads the "MaNinja" camp and Sniper Storm born Donald Chirisa who leads the General's "Masoja" camp, in what is expected to be an explosive encounter.

The two take every slightest opportunity to diss each other, lyrically.

Winky D has gained popularity with his exciting lyrics while Sniper Storm has caught attention with his hard-hitting lines.

As much as "beefs" in the musicals circles centre around emulating each other's songs, it will be interesting to see how the two will perform on the stage on the day in question.

The two chanters made headlines in January during a Movado show that was held at Harare International Conference Centre where they exchanged harsh words in front of fans from both sides.

Sniper Storm hauled Winky D off the stage accusing him of staying on stage for too long, in a heated argument, which almost degenerated into a brawl.

The act proved that the two were a long time rivals as this was not the first time Sniper and Winky D had a bust up in front of fans and promoters.

In 2004 the two also exchanged harsh words on stage, a clear indication that they don't have a good working relationship, something that could have been triggered by their efforts to outdo each other musically.

Outside the war zone would be notable dancehall figures like Guspy Warrior, son to gospel musician Mechanic Manyeruke, who seem to be tightening his act with each performance.

Freeman of the Joina City fame, is also on the rise with a new album, titled "Vabeliever", while Jiggaz who is steadily rising on the dancehall scene, will be out once more to show that he is a serious contender for the dancehall throne.

On the other hand, Lady Squanda who has since released her 12-track album titled "The Queen Pon Top" will have a chance to exhibit her prowess on stage, where she will hold her head high and battle for honours with other dancehall artistes.

She, however, disappointed her fans over the weekend when she failed to turn up for her birthday bash at Aquatic Complex.

The energetic artiste has a history of mesmerising audiences with her dances.

Lady B's act should not be underrated, because she is also expected to spice up the gig with her unique acts.

The line-up of DJs that are set to rock the venue will be led by Templeman, with sound masters like Judgment Yard and Mighty Ducks billed to be among selectors of the day.

On the turntables would be talented DJ's Abra Simz, Smiley and Gary B to ensure a fun-filled musical fete.

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