21 December 2012

Zimbabwe: The Grand Finale!

It's the battle of song and dance as Harare plays host to two high-octane gigs pitting the best in katekwe, sungura, dendera, zora, dancehall and urban contemporary. Two different line-ups, two venues and two promoters have had the capital buzzing with anticipation as posters, fliers, and even the Press did their best to hype the two gigs and tonight is officially the night music takes centre stage.

"Shut Down Harare 2012" at Pamuzinda Highway Xscape boasts a high-powered line- up led by sungura king Alick Macheso, veteran Leonard Zhakata, Jah Prayzah, Peter Moyo and raunchy dancer Beverly Sibanda.

Not to be outdone, the "Last Gig" at the City Sports Centre will feature superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Sulumani Chimbetu, Winky D and Munya Mataruse.

What makes both gigs entertaining is the fusion of old and young musicians and different music styles.

While Macheso is going to be the torchbearer at Pamuzinda tonight, the grandmaster of music Mtukudzi, will lead a line-up of youthful performers at the City Sports Centre.

Macheso, a musical soldier who can perform for more than three hours without taking a break, is performing alongside some of the country's talented and popular voices at the moment.

For those who love sungura music, Pamuzinda Highway Xscape is probably the place to be. On a good day in office both Zhakata and Moyo are good performers who can keep revellers on the dance floor.

Jah Prayzah appeals more to young music fans and is also a good performer on his day.

Beverly will also provide the feminine touch at Pamuzinda.

The raunchy dancer is a crowd puller and the fact that she has been roped in to share the stage with the country's top musicians bears testimony to that fact.

At the City Sports Centre, Mtukudzi or simply Tuku, will provide stability to a line-up comprising youthful performers. The beauty about this gig is that it will be a medley of performances, where dendera, katekwe, afro-jazz and reggae-dancehall genres will be at the fans' 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", Mataruse has continued to work on his brand, something he clearly showed during the solo acts held at Pakare Paye Arts Centre this year.

In the case of Sulumani, the boy 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.

On the other hand, Winky D also has 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.

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