We can party!

HARARE - The Carnival Street Party marked the end of a six-day spree of fun, dance, crazy costumes and lots of music, from sungura to samba.

While most of us have grown to only watch Street Carnivals on television and happening in other countries, today’s generation should have something to cheer.

At least we now boast of our home grown Carnival — Harare International Carnival that generations to come will cherish and help grow.

The Street Carnival held on Saturday turned out to be the biggest street party ever thrown in Zimbabwe and the atmosphere was just perfect.

The weather did not disappoint fun-loving families who were geared to have fun in the street.

Away from the office, the school, the barrack and into the streets — there was everything for everyone during the Street Party.

I was impressed with the costumes that came out, different colours, shapes and sizes.

The streets were a riot of colours, indeed a happy décor for the people’s anticipated party.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, ZTA did quite an excellent job coordinating various cultural showcase throughout the six days.

Although some of the events like the Gospel Carnival Night and the Carnival Music Night were cancelled as promoters failed to deliver, this did not dent the Carnival and its success.

Carnivals are about the Street Parties and the Harare International Carnival was just that one big place to be on Saturday.

Those who were lucky to watch the visiting Trinidad and Tobago group perform, will agree with me that these guys are in a class of their own.

In particular, I was impressed with their two lead singers whose dreadlocks cover their whole body and flows to the group with easy.

Their music is conscious and the lyrics are militant and liberation in style.

A full powerhouse band, their deep traditional root tunes are out of this world.

And such was the street party, a gathering of children, the old and the youths.

The other day, I remember seeing jubilant Zimbabweans, dancing and throwing themselves all over with happiness, was during the Independence celebration in 1980 when Bob Marley played at Rufaro Stadium.

I was still a youth then but every time I see the music video shot on that day when President Robert Mugabe took oath of office for the first time, when Marley played the tune Zimbabwe, I see a happy lot.

I was yet to see that in years, and yes, it all came together on Saturday.

Brazilian Samba dancers were among this year’s highlights and they were unveiled at the Airport Lounge during the Carnival Samba Night.

Airport Lounge was full to capacity, hence the tremendous response by Hararians to the Brazilians dancers who in international standards performed to perfection.

While a lot of people did not know what to expect out of this night, some enjoyed the Brazilians’ showcase while there were others who thought the samba dance was too soft.

All for the Samba and the dances by Bev and Zoey, the road leading to the airport has never been so busy. 

There was excitement among the hundreds of visitors who attended the Samba Night as our local dancers gave some fine dances.

To the ZTA management I say congratulations for this year’s Harare International Carnival.

I hope from today, you will be looking forward to 2015. The year 2015 is not far and for you to put up an even more polished showcase, you need to start planning now.

There are a lot of positives from this year’s Carnival and ZTA has to build on it.

The flaws in-between the six-days are normal and expected in promotions, just work to minimise them.

There are others who may have doubts on the benefits of the Harare International Carnival, understandably so, but this was a happy event, just to bring happiness on our tables.

I am sure what the ZTA and Tourism Ministry are giving Zimbabweans is happiness. We work hard all day, we need to just be merry, even for a day!

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