Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Club E's Gala Night Rocks Dar es Salaam

IT was pomp and glamour as Club E on Friday hosted one of the year's biggest entertainment star-studded events in the country - The Club E Masquerade night 2012.

For many attendees, it had all the ingredients of a hit party: great performers, flow and a catchy concept of bringing different enthusiastic people together at an evening termed as 'The Club E Masquerade night 2012. Before hundreds of attendees, the Master of Ceremony, Bobby Mongi, dressed in a black suit, had his look completed with a golden mask on his face. He introduced this year's theme as meant to sample culture of the old Italy.

This was the same for every reveler who accessed the night's hall at the New World Cinema grounds in Dar es Salaam. The convenient centrality of multiple television screens and the well lit ceiling in a mixture of different light colours in the hall complemented by black and white inside walls and courteous hosts made revellers feel at home as much as they were having fun in a night out.

The crowd was a mix of people from various backgrounds. Easily seen were the various Corporate executives who sat at the tables next to the stage meant to bring scenes of Italy's famous old City of Venice to Dar es Salaam. Two music groups including Tanzania's top male vocalist Banana Zorro and his B Band, THT group dancers, Banaba and Ben Pol stunningly performed to hundreds of the excited audience.

First was Barnaba, a young gentleman with string vocals.Then came another R n' B maestro, Ben Pol, who enthralled the audience with the power of his voice at the Mic. To prepare the audience for a mix of dance and African beats, Banana Zorro came on stage with their second song taking majority off their seats.

He and his back-up singers gave an electrifying performance in all their dance-angled blend of kwaito-infused Afro-pop that drew on elements of club, pop-rock and dance music. For hours after 10pm, they showed the energetic audience what they do best with their electrifying dance moves and powerful Bongoflava and other African melodies.

With meticulous planning and security arrangements befitting an international hall gathering, the stage and an Italian architectural like set up of the event saw revellers play games as gambling, wheel of fortune, eating, drinking as others danced to different line up of performances. The Band made for the stage, turning around cheers from the audience upside down.

The band's presence immediately brought revelers off their seats. The DJ of the night, DJ Boney Love did not disappoint as he proved he was a class apart, when, he mixed a whole eight songs in only six and a half minutes and by the time the events emcee Bobby was calling more people to join revelers on the floor, it was so unanimously clear that already, no one had wanted to remain seated at the time.

At the entrance, there were 5 glamorous girls dressed in red attire and all masked were at hand to welcome the guests. Among the audience, it was clear among the TCC products' consumers that such meetings every year have meant to them a better bond among themselves each year that comes.

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