The Herald (Harare)

14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: 'Last Gig' Promises Fireworks!

Music lovers will next week be treated to a high-octane show when four of Zimbabwe's finest musicians stage a gig at the City Sports Centre in what promises to be a massive bash.

Dubbed the "Last Gig", the show has got all the ingredients of a thriller, where the four - Oliver Mtukudzi, Suluman Chimbetu, the Ninja President, Winky D, and Tuku's prodigy, Munya Mataruse, are expected to bring their artistic excellence on stage in an end-of-year wrapper that has become a traditional event for music lovers.

What is exciting about this gig to be held on December 21 is that it will bring a cosmopolitan crowd under one roof to partake in this musical festivity, where katekwe, dendera, afro-jazz and ragga dancehall music will be the order of the day.

All the musicians have rich and diverse backgrounds in Zimbabwe's entertainment sector, and have managed to hold their own, albeit in different ways.

Munya, an upcoming afro-jazz musician, is no stranger to the entertainment scene having started off his career under the tutelage of Tuku.

Despite his tender age, the young musician is a marvel to watch on stage, and often matches his talent with a high level of agility when he is performing.

From the time he released his debut album, "Kazevezeve", he has not looked back but is actually perfecting his act with each performance.

On the other hand, Winky D, arguably one of the best ragga-dancehall musicians in Zimbabwe, is expected to add a different flavour when he serenades revellers with his riddims that have made him a household name not only in Zimbabwe but across the globe.

Apart from his tight stage work, he is also blessed with an ability to compose social conscious lyrics that touch on the lives of people in the ghettoes.

Winky D is one man who has lyrics that will continue to inspire you long after the track has stopped playing. The young man had a good day in the office last week when thrilled his legions of fans during the Capleton show.

There is no doubt that his fans will definitely sing along to some of his popular tunes, "Igo Figo","Dem No Wrong", "Gem Dem Plenty", "Bhachi NeJean", "Swagga Muchando", "Green Lyke Mi Guardian", "Takaipa Takaipa", "Controversy" and "Sando Dzangu".

Winky D's efforts would be ably complemented by rising dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu, who is on a roll following the release of his latest album, "Syllabus". His participation at the gig is expected to raise the entertainment bar higher, injecting a revelling mood among his fans.

Blessed with both the swag and good stage presence, each of Suluman's shows is different, something he has been able to master well.

If he is not enchanting the crowds with his choreography and that of his band, he will probably be trying his best to imitate his late father's cellular dance, which comes out well with the "Anenge Ndiye Chopper" chant.

Suluman has been on whirlwind tours that have taken him across the country and to the United Kingdom from the time he released his album, "Syllabus".

This gig will also be an opportunity for most of his fans to see him perform from his latest album that has been receiving rave reviews.The album carries several hit tracks including "Sean Timba" that features the unmistakable voice of the contemporary crooner Jah Prayzah.

Probably the icing on the cake on the day will be the anticipated performance by Tuku, the granddad of music, who undoubtedly is one of the best performers to ever grace this land.

Since his 60th birthday bash in September, Tuku's performance has been getting better by each day.

Apart from being one of the country's most distinguished and successful musicians, he has lived true to the adage that "music knows no boundaries" and has performed in different nations across the globe.

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