The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Revellers in for a Treat This Weekend

An epic musical battle pitting some of Zimbabwe's finest musicians, Oliver Mtukudzi, Tryson Chimbetu and the first family of gospel music, Olivia and Charles Charamba will take place at Richwood Sports Club in Harare on Sunday.

Arguably one of the best family shows this year, the gig is expected to usher revellers into the festive mood, through song and dance, in what promises to be an exciting show.

This is a rare collaboration that will see the Charambas, sharing the stage with Tryson and Tuku for the first time.

Tryson has been growing his brand from the time he ventured into music soon after the death of his father, Naison. He is regarded as one the best musicians to emerge from the dendera realm, and is blessed with a good voice intonation.

On the other hand, the Charambas are no fluke in the entertainment sector, where they have branded themselves as one of the best gospel couples, the country has ever had.

In an interview, Olivia Charamba said she was looking forward to the gig, adding that she would use the experience to enrich her career in music and that of her husband.

"We are expecting the whole show to be an enriching experience, where we will also have an opportunity to learn and grow artistically.

"We will also use the show as a benchmark to assess our music and see where we can develop, if need be."

Mai Charamba added that they would use the show as an opportunity to sample some of their new songs on their forthcoming album.

"We have been working on something, although it is premature to say when it will be released. We will also take the opportunity to sample some new songs at this show, something our fans have been requesting from us for a long time," she said.

Tuku's manager Sam Mataure was optimistic that the show would live up to it's billing.

"Samanyanga has just returned from his international tours, and we believe we are going to plough back the support we are given by our fans at this show," said Mr Mataure.

Tuku who turned 60 in September continues to grow his profile and has performed at a number of international events.

In an interview the event coordinator Bigboy Chinoperekwei, said preparations were at an advanced stage.

"All is now in place for the show and we promise nothing but the best, as we enter into the festive season. Security will be tight and we also have our own internal security to protect the welfare of the family and different activities for children.

"There would be water balls which allow children to walk on top of water without sinking and quad-bike just for children and jumping castles and many more activities," said Biggie.

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