Dadza D hogs the limelight

HARARE - Dancehall artiste Darlington “Dadza D” Zhanje used the Dettol Nugget Concert at the 7 Arts Theatre on Saturday night to prove once more that he is indeed the “Prince of Fire”.

Dadza D delivered an explosive performance during the gig dubbed “Celebrating Zim Artistes gig” that also featured other equally competitive dancehall stars.

Encouraged by the noisy revellers who sang along throughout the act, the Chitungwiza-born Magetsi Aenda singer put up a presentation punctuated by vigour and incredible rapport with his audience.

The 7 Arts Theatre crowd could not have enough of the energetic “Prince of Fire”.

Their wish to prolong his slot was unsuccessful because the bill also had fifteen other hot artistes.

Dadza D, though, was not the only dancehall star to shine on the night.

As has become the norm, Winky D, who was the final act of the Dettol Nugget Concert, sent the excited revellers dancing into the early hours of Sunday.

Bindura-born Freeman, Guspy Warrior and Sniper Storm also justified why they are rated among the best in Zimbabwe’s dancehall genre.

But it was not all dancehall at the 7 Arts Theatre on Saturday night.

Urban grove artistes who included South Africa-based Nox, Trevor Dongo and Sani Makhalima gave the dancehall stars a run for their money.

The urban grooves stars truly made it a night to remember.

Ndashamisika singer Trevor Dongo, in particular, had ladies in the auditorium screaming with glee when he dropped several of his love songs.

As expected, Nox’s song Ndinonyara torched off scenes of wild celebration within the animated crowd that also included Information, Media, and Broadcasting Services deputy minister Supa Mandiwanzira.

Award-winning group MMT showed why many believe hip-hop will soon be one of the most followed music genres in Zimbabwe within the next few years.

Some of the standout performances on the night were by Zvishavane-born Emilia Patrick and Ammara Brown who both delivered well-choreographed presentations.

The gig was bankrolled by Reckitt Benckiser (Zimbabwe), the owners of the Dettol and Nugget brands to showcase the talent among Zimbabwean musicians who appeal to their target market.

According to the sponsors, the objectives revolved around the need to avail “a professional stage that showcases promotes and celebrates local talent; to create a vibrant vehicle for synergising progressive brands with the prevailing urban music popular culture and to create an event that creates massive awareness of the talent Zimbabwe has.”

The other musicians who wowed the crowd include Yoz, BaShupi, Few Kings, Marcques and Simba Tags.

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