Carnival rocks Harare

HARARE - Harare came to a standstill yesterday as Red Fox Sound hogged the limelight at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA)-organised Harare International Carnival street party.

The Red Fox stand, located along Harare’s First Street was packed and around sunset as the carnival came to a climax Robert Zhuwawo, Red Fox Zimbabwe director told the Daily News on Sunday that he could not believe the turnout.

“We have got three brands which all fall under the Red Fox Sound label and they are all set to perform today.

“We are grateful for all the support Zimbabweans have shown us today. It goes a long way in showing people appreciate what we are doing,” Zhuwawo said.

Not to be outdone were the two samba queens who paraded almost nude attracting scores of followers in the conservative city.

Many whipped out their cameras and took video clips of the Brazilian dancers, the show stoppers attracted a lot of attention mainly because of their costumes.

This year’s carnival is the second edition, and while ZTA brought all this fanfare to the capital, members of the public told the publication they wish the organisers will next year take the celebrations somewhere open.

“This is a great initiative by ZTA, but we feel if they take it to a stadium next year it will be better.

“The police have been harassing us and we could not get a good view of the proceedings,” said Alson Muchemei, a Harare-based man.

Of all the Zimbabwean displays, zvigure (traditional Zambian dance) took centre stage as the public put aside all reservations they had about the scary performers.

The Zambian entourage gave a thrilling perfomance as they gyrated to traditional songs from their motherland.

The party in Harare yesterday stretched along the whole of Angwa Street taking a turn into Nelson Mandela Avenue all the way to Parliament.

While revellers were having the time of their lives, drivers cursed as the city centre suffered a seemingly day-long congestion due to the street party proceedings.

A taxi driver who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday appealed to the ZTA to move the festivities to a Sunday in the next edition.

“This jamboree has cost us a lot of business. I shuttle people across town and Saturday is usually busy.

“However, all this road blocking has cost us a lot of money so at the end of the day we do not have a lot to celebrate,” said Masimba Tazvida, a taxi driver.

Zimbabweans, however, where left clamouring for more as the Trinidad and Tobago ensemble served an exquisite instrumental piece.

Many also complained as the stage managers were not giving the groups enough time to perform, a factor one stage manager said was due to time constraints.

“If we let all the groups perform it would not give us mileage in terms of time, so each group will do their thing in the allocated time,” said a stage manager who spoke on condition of anonymity.

At the time of going to print, the Harare Gardens was already filling up with dancehall lovers who could not wait to watch their favourite dancehall artistes perform.

Others were divided on whether to attend the dancehall night or just remain at the Red Fox stand.

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I can only see old dilapidated buildings! Is this Harare CBD or Machipisa?

Tongogara - 26 May 2014

Next time they should have it on the public holiday, so those of us that work can also enjoy.

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