P Square lives up to expectation

HARARE - Nigerian duo P-Square and its band lived up to expectations when they delivered an electric performance at the Glamis Arena on Saturday night.

Despite the afternoon rains that had threatened to disrupt the gig, people still thronged the venue to attend the much-hyped Lion Larger Beer Festival.

The showcase started around 6pm and finished on schedule as planned with P-Square proving that their association with established international artistes, Rick Ross and Akon was not a farce, but actually based on their talent.

The crowd, mostly the young braved the chilling weather to witness the Chop My Money singers do what they know best, with women, as has become the trend, sticking to their short sexy outfits.

It looked as though no weather could have deterred their fashion statements, however, the wet venue surface got the best of high heel lovers with several seen holding their shoes while others made futile attempts to walk in them.

P-Square showed that they were no one-hit wonders as they performed their songs from back in the day including Temptation, No Easy, No One Like You, I Love You, Do Me, Bizzy Body among several others.

They then performed their popular hits Chop My Money which they featured Akon and Beautiful Onyinye a collaboration with Maybach Music boss, Rick Ross.

The two sent fans into a frenzy, with many people jumping up and down, literally “chopping their money.”
Towards the end of their performance there were fireworks display, adding glamour to an already exciting concert.

P-Square gave people value for their money and of all the international artistes that have come to Zimbabwe their performance can safely be rated as close to that of Jamaican, Movado.

The Nigerian duo did a sterling job that left the crowd in awe, performing for a total of two-and-a-half hours.

People came in their thousands with parking extended to Samora Machel Avenue and Rekayi Tangwena, a sign of the high turnout.

Local acts that performed before P-Square also did not disappoint with “Ninja President” Winky D giving a good performance as always.

Dressed in a boxer’s gear, Winky D who was backed by a live band gave a five-star performance that has become synonymous with his showcase.

The “Bigman” sent fans screaming wild as he belted out his ghetto-fabulous songs including Tanakirana Pafirst Sight with Lipsy, Wakasara, Swagga Muchando, Takaipa Takaipa among others.

Another great performer Ba Shupi entertained the crowd with Godo and Tezvara Varamba.

He also shared the stage with mbira queen, Chiwoniso Mararire With both of them clad in Zimbabwean flag colours, their performance left the impression of greater things to come as they dished out a good performance.

“Bad-boy” Roki sang with first wife Pauline with the two showing a level of maturity as they appear to have put their differences aside as seen by recent collaborations on stage.

At the Miss Zimbabwe finals they displayed chemistry on stage that made everything exciting.

Daughter of the late talented Andy Brown, Amara showed that she is a budding talent delivering a good performance.

Her stage work was brilliant and she brought the crowd on to their feet when she gave a rendition of her late father’s song, Zindoga.

Other artistes that performed included Nox with fans signing along to his hit Ndinonyara.

Generally everything was well-organised as security personnel and the police maintained order.

Police were seen mixing and mingling with the crowd making sure everything was in order for the revellers who were enjoying themselves.

Police dogs were leashed unlike other shows where one gets scared even to pass by a police officer with a dog for fear of being mauled.

Even the ablution facilities were adequate, as there was privacy at the mobile toilets area.

There was a bumper crowd estimated to be around 20 000.

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