18 December 2012

Zimbabwe: 'Last Gig' Preps Gather Momentum

Organisers of the musical concert featuring four of Zimbabwe's top artistes to be held at the City Sports Centre on Friday say preparations are at an advanced stage with all logistics now in place.

The gig will feature the grandad of music, Oliver Mtukudzi, Sulumani Chimbetu, Winky D the "Ninja President" and afro-jazz crooner Munya Mataruse, in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

Josh Hozheri, the brains behind the show dubbed "The Last Gig", said preparations had been successful, adding that they were now awaiting the big day.

"We have since met with all the artistes and we have laid out a plan on what will be happening on the day of the show to avoid ad hoc arrangements that may affect the day's proceedings," he said.

The beauty about this gig is that it will be medley of performances, where dendera, katekwe, afro-jazz and reggae-dancehall genres will be at the music fan's disposal.

It is interesting to note that the event will not be a case of new wine in old bottles because all the artistes have rejuvenated their acts in the last few months, something that is clearly reflected in their latest albums.

From the time he released his debut album, "Kazeveze", Munya has continued to work on his brand, something he clearly showed during the solo performances held at Pakare Paye this year.

In the case of Sulumani, he has not been sitting on his laurels after he recently released a album that is currently receiving heavy rotation at parties and on local radio stations.

The album - titled "Syllabus" - clearly shows that his dendera beat has become refined and moved a step higher from his previous project "Non-Stop".

His inclusion of rising contemporary musician Jah Prayzah on the song "Sean Timba", edified the song, giving the whole album a refreshing feel and melody.

On the other hand, Winky D also has got a new six-track album, which features Freeman of the Joina City fame.

His latest album is rocking the dance floors like no other and is set to go places, if the excitement that it has created on the market is anything to go by.

However, Winky D's previous releases have been as good as they come, and some of his music is still sounding as fresh, although it was released some years ago, an indication that he has successfully branded his music.

For Tuku, there is no doubt that the internationally acclaimed musician will be capping the year in style, after a high-octane year, which he graced in style.

Currently enjoying the bubble that has been created by his latest album and still in the celebratory mood, three months after his birthday bashes, Tuku will no doubt give his best, while offering an insight into his 2013 entertainment package.

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