The Herald (Harare)

27 December 2012

Zimbabwe: It's Sungura Vs Dancehall!

Alick Macheso is set to wrap up a memorable year by performing at his fortress in Chitungwiza at Mubaiwa Hotel on December 31. Dubbed "2012 Closing Show," the gig also boasts 2012 top performers in the mould of King Shady, Freeman, Lady Squanda and Sniper Storm.

The beauty about this year-ender is that all the artistes billed to perform have been on top of their game.

Macheso has been performing all year round, and he capped a fine year by releasing his ninth album "Kwatabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure)", which has been accepted by his diehard fans.

King Shady has transformed himself from a dirty lyric singer to a serious musician who can be counted among the best in the dancehall circles.

The dancehall musician has also released top chatting hits this year.

Freeman has had an eventful year in which he spread his tentacles by invading other countries. The young musician has spread his wings outside our borders and his music has been received well in South Africa.

If Freeman's performance would match his act at Zulu Bar, Cape Town, last month, then he is guaranteed a standing ovation from his local fans on New Year's Eve.

Arguably the best dancehall female performer this year, Lady Squanda could easily steal the show at Mubaiwa Hotel.

The young lady has outperformed many male artistes and she came out tops in many clashes with her male counterparts.

Sniper Storm has also re-invented himself and the chanter is enjoying fine form.

"The General", as Sniper Storm is affectionately known, has won the hearts of the ladies with his lyrics which denounce gender based violence. With a fired line-up like this, the closing gig has all the ingredients of a thriller.

While Macheso would retain his title as the sungura ace, it remains to be seen who among Sniper Storm, Freeman, King Shady and Lady Squanda will emerge as dancehall champion.

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