Jazz 105 dances to Zora music

HARARE - Once in a while the boys have to go out, and last Friday was no different as I and a few journalists friends attended Leonard Zhakata’s billed showcase slated at Harare’s Jazz 105.

The place was already getting full when we arrived around 10pm as Sister Jean Masters took control of the stage to give a memorable performance.

Jean played several memorable local and international classics to the delight of the audience before handing the microphone to the Zora star.

Indeed it had been dubbed a Black and Red Whisky party as Zora fans could be seen in the expected dress code.

For others, it wasn’t much about the dress or the whisky. It was the music that we sought and the connection with a rejuvenated music superstar.

As the Zora musician took to the stage and belted one hit after another, it was evident later that the groove was high as I saw my colleagues dance the night away. For many, the whisky orders were getting tastier.

“Zhakata is back on fire!” a fan shouted as the musician sang popular tunes which were accompanied by spectacular dances from his dancing troupe.

Jazz 105, usually for the quitter music was to witness a different crowd on Friday as babes, donned in Zhakata regalia — from T-shirts to Cap hats — dominated the crowds.

Josh Hozheri, a director at Jazz 105 could not hide his appreciation to Zhakata’s music legacy.

“We have always wanted to bring Zhakata here and I am delighted with the showcase. The crowd is fantastic and the guy is also living up to expectations. He is in a class of his own and we will be working with him in future.”

Zhakata believes established musicians have their ups and downs when it came to popularity and urges musicians never to disperse even if the chips are down.

“As a musician you have to keep fighting because in music you need to keep a level head. When hits are not coming, you do not shut doors and stop composing or touring.”

“You have to keep touring and recover your rhythm. It is a phase that always comes and as musicians we should always be on guard,” said Zhakata.

The crowd at Jazz 105 surprised him. “The band has always wanted to perform here and today they have fulfilled that.

The crowd was fantastic and as usual it comprised our Zora fans living in town and surrounding areas.
“I could feel the response as fans sang along and here and there I let them sing, and they sang well. Who could sing better my songs than Zora fans?”

And there was something disturbing during the Jazz 105 showcase.

As the crowds swelled, so was the demand for drinks which are served by waiters and waitresses.

But the waitresses, most of them hired and possibly working that night were disappearing with customers’ change.

 With the number of people jostling, the waitresses and waiters after buying a drink would promise to bring back your change only to melt into the crowds.

On Friday night we lost two — a waiter and waitress — who promised to bring our change back but just vanished into the crowds.

You would wait and wait with no luck, and the ones you asked professed ignorance.

Jazz 105 has to tug these waitresses and waiters with their names so customers can identify them, otherwise it is a cancer that is spreading so fast and customers are losing their change — moreso after one or two beers!

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