Spoilt for fun at Richwood Sports Club

HARARE - Richwood Sports Club was something else on Sunday as hundreds; if not thousands of music fans thronged the Harare joint in a memorable afternoon family showcase.

While the sight of hundreds of children accompanied by their parents is only witnessed at the annual Harare Agricultural Show, the Richwood Sports Club showcase turned magical as almost three quarters of the audience were kids.

With family favourite, Charles and Olivia Charamba the hottest bill on the day, parents saw every reason to bring their children and the encounter did not disappoint.

Even with Oliver Mtukudzi aka Tuku failing to turn-up because of a temporary medical mishap, fans still enjoyed the fun and jamboree.

Children had every reason to be merry; what with the jumping castles, the swimming pool rolling balls, the horse and motor rides!

The fun day proved spectacular for wholesome families who treated themselves to braais and all that makes life tick for kids with good appetite.

The Charambas turned the heat in the late afternoon, performing close to four hours and when they left the stage, the audiences had been dizzied with his sound.

And the Charambas proved their salt as they sent audiences down memory lane with virtually all their classics, too many to mention.

The audience did not disappoint as they sang along most of the songs, clapping and falling in the couple’s spiritual realm.

After the Charambas’ performance most of the families, especially those with kids began to trickle out, making their way home before it became too dark.

Others remained and continued partying with dendera ace, Tryson Chimbetu.

Tryson performed for at least three hours and signalled the arrival of a true dendera. For most of the audience that had not had an encounter with Tryson, it was to be a rude awakening as the singer performed in true fashion, reminding many of the good olden days when Simon Chimbetu was still alive.

Small in stature just like Simon, Tryson commanded the stage and sent the dendera whistles in echo. His dances were everything that Simon was and they delighted audiences who could just watch and marvel at his “Chopper” antics.

Just before the end of the showcase, a dance group consisting of eight rubber foot dancers sent audiences wild.

Showcase coordinator Biggie Chinoperekwei could not hide his excitement and attributed the fun day’s success to the Charambas. “The Charambas are a powerful force to reckon on the local music showbiz. While Tuku could not make it, they proved that they have the audience.”

Chinoperekwei said the fans who packed the venue did so knowing that Tuku was no longer coming to perform.

“We put on posters everywhere announcing that Tuku would not be performing and we even went on to cut the entry fees,” he added.

The music promoter praised dendera star Tryson for his star performance. “Tryson managed to pull it off before such a big crowd. It is a plus for him as such encounters introduce him to wide audiences.”

Chinoperekwei said his fears for the showcase getting oversubscribed turned into reality.

“We were caught nagging in several areas and there are things we should have done better.

“The audience overwhelmed us and exceeded our expectation. But I am happy that Richwood Sports Club is fast becoming the venue for family gigs.”

He said he had always wanted to put together such gatherings. “Three quarters of the audience were kids and that is fantastic. While music concerts are usually known to attract beer revellers and mostly the fathers, this time around we had wholesome families.”

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