Dancehall festival explodes Saturday

HARARE - On-fire Guspy Warrior and Freeman are among over 45 Zimbabwean dancehall artistes set to clash at Harare’s  Gwanzura Stadium on Saturday in the sixth edition of the usually explosive Zimdancehall Fiesta.

Other stars on the mouth-watering bill include controversial dancehall queen Lady Squanda, Sniper Storm, Shinsoman, Dadza D, Ricky Fire, Templeman, Lady B, Mostaff, Jiggaz, Spiderman, T Makwikwi and DJ Mbodo.

The highly-anticipated event, which will incorporate upcoming dancehall star Jay C’s 24th birthday, will kick off at mid-day.

Reigning promoter of the year Partson “Chipaz” Chimboza, the organiser of the event, told the Daily News that apart from celebrating Jay C’s birthday, the gig would also act as a farewell gig for the birthday boy before his imminent UK tour.

“Dancehall music has the potential of becoming the biggest genre in Zimbabwe since it has won the hearts of many youthful Zimbabweans,” said the dreadlocked Chipaz.

“The music genre’s immense potential has inspired us to promote as many dancehall gigs as possible to ensure the genre reaches the highest level possible.

“Jay C is highly regarded in Zimbabwean dancehall circles and since it is his birthday as he  is set to depart for the United Kingdom soon, we have decided to honour him on Saturday,” said the Chipaz Promotions director.

According to Chipaz, the choice of Gwanzura Stadium as the venue was not accidental.

“Dancehall is a genre that is essentially for the ghetto youths. Gwanzura is central and will be accessible to ghetto youths in the old suburb of Highfield and the surrounding areas such as Glen Norah, Budiriro and Glen View.

“Dancehall unlike other local genres is appreciated in all the ghettos; that is why we are taking the event to them,” he said.

Chipaz added that he is exploring the possibility of taking the dancehall event to other towns and cities around Zimbabwe where the genre is appreciated.

Lady Squanda, who returns from a tour of the United Kingdom this afternoon, believes the Gwanzura gig will be a perfect platform to prove that she deserves all the accolades coming her way.

Lady Squanda told the Daily News that she cannot wait for the event.

“I am going to prove why I am called the dancehall queen come Saturday. Ghetto youths should come in big numbers and I promise to play a number of both old and new songs,” she said.

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