The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Lady Squanda Rocks City Sports Bar

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Rising dancehall queen Sandra Gazi, known in entertainment circles as Lady Squanda, will tonight rock the crowd at the City Sports Bar in Harare.The female ragga dancehall chanter needs no introduction, as she has become a force to reckon with within the arts section. Lady Squanda is no ordinary chanter, but boasts both the voice and the looks, while her level of ingenuity in dancehall is unmatched.

Her song "Rudo" is currently rocking national radio, earning accolades as one of the most sought-after female dancehall artistes.

Squanda has taken ghetto youths by storm and her songs like "Sadza Rangu", "Holy Ghost Fire", "Tiri Two", "I Like Dat" and "Chamba neBronko", among others, can be heard booming in public transport, shops and the high-density suburbs.

The musician, who recently turned 20, has proved herself worthy of the dancehall queen title. She gave a good account of herself when she gave a tight performance as one of the curtain-raisers during last week's Capleton show.

Meanwhile, the same joint will on Sunday play host to dendera prodigy Tryson Chimbetu when he treats revelers to some dendera beats.

Tryson is a marvel to watch when he is on stage. He does not easily tire during live performance and is able to keep the revelling mood alive throughout his shows.

His best strength is probably his voice intonation that has endeared him with dendera fans that are easily reminded of his uncle, the late Simon, when he gets on stage.

The youthful musician has brought modern pace to a sound that is known for its slow but absorbing beat as well as making it more relevant to a younger generation.

Tryson hit the limelight in 2008 with the hit song "Varipiko".

Then, he used to ride on the popularity of Orchestra Dendera Kings before splitting to start his own thing, and since then, he has not looked back.

Besides composing songs, Tryson plays the rhythm guitar, which he learnt while he was only 12, when most of his peers where still fascinated with cartoons.

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