Musicians honour Brickhill

HARARE - It was fireworks at Book Cafe on a warm Tuesday night when several bands came out to honour Paul Brickhill, the founder of the arts hub who is feeling under the weather.

The venue was filled to capacity and it was such a joyful night and a marvel to watch all the musical acts giving it their best shot.

According to Thomas Brickhill son of Paul the solidarity gig was actually an Oliver Mtukudzi initiative and Samanyanga confirmed this during a chat with this writer on the side- lines of the gig.

Tuku said: “We thought it would be a noble thing to honour Paul while he is still alive instead of doing this when he is gone. What good would that bring to him?”

The turnout alone was a clear testimony that Paul is a well loved and respected arts and culture practitioner who has been around for a long time on the arts landscape.

Artistes gave testimonies of how they have at one stage of their careers gone through Paul’s hands. Edith WeUtonga had this to say: “Paul is a giant in the arts and culture sector and he has helped expose a lot of talented artistes through Pamberi Trust and for me to perform at a gig that honours him is a huge honour. May he get well soon!”

Mbira guru Nyamasvisva was also there and he belted out some vibe mbira tunes that got the audience onto their feet. He also wished Paul a speedy recovery.

Singer Bob Nyabinde was also in the crowd and you could tell he was having a blast. Albert Nyathi did two poems and he received a thunderous round of applause after a well-polished delivery.

Poet Chirikure Chirikure weighed in with his witty poetry which left the appreciative crowd spellbound. Guitarist and composer Victor Kunonga was at his best as he churned hit after hit.

The vibe was then turned on to maximum levels when the legend and ageless Tuku stormed the stage. He did not waste any time but before he broke into song and dance he paid tribute
to Paul and wished him a speedy recovery.

It was pure dynamite as Tuku went through his act showing he has lost none of his dancing skills and guitar strumming prowess.

After Tuku’s act it was time for Thomas and his Chikwata 263 band and they belted out some of their greatest hits. Baba Shupi also did a few tunes and what a memorable night it was.

Paul Brickhill is a giant in the arts and culture sector in this country and that so many people came out to the Book Cafe to pay tribute to him in his living years is a clear testimony that the man is well respected and loved.

May the good man get well soon and may the spirit exhibited by the artistes be extended to many more luminaries that have fought hard to champion the growth of the arts and culture
sector in this country.

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.