HHP sets alight Shoko Festival

HARARE - South African hip hop star Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) justified the decision by Shoko Festival organisers to make him the main act of this year’s edition with an explosive performance on Friday night.

HHP, who was born Jabulani Tsambo, was roped in as a last minute replacement for Germany-based female Nigerian hip hop/soul singer and songwriter Nneka who reportedly failed to make it to Zimbabwe due to health problems and a death in her family.

The South African hip hop star, who is more popular in Zimbabwe than Nneka, proved to be an inspired choice. The fairly big Shoko crowd sang along as the South African hip hop favourite unleashed several of his hits.

The songs Haramba and Bosso Kimang, in particular, elicited wild responses from the animated fans who urged the Mzansi star to perform beyond the one and half hours he had been allocated.

One of the highlights of his show was his duet with South Africa-based Zimbabwean bassist Josh Meck which won kudos from the crowd.

HHP could not hide his delight after finally performing at Shoko Festival.

“Recently I tweeted my desire to perform in Zimbabwe and am happy it has happened,” he said.

“Coming to Zimbabwe is an experience I had longed for. I really appreciate the welcome the people of Zimbabwe have given me and the way you responded to my songs.”

Though HHP’s debut Shoko Festival was a scintillating one, it was not the only one to savour on the night.

Before the South African star’s show, energetic Zimbabwean songstress Ammara Brown had wowed the crowd with an inspired presentation which featured Jah Prayzah and Guspy Warrior.

Ammara performed the love song Kure Kure with Jah Prayzah before joining Guspy as he did his songs Kongotsvoda and Seunononga.

The daughter of the late Zimbabwean music legend Andy Brown also unleashed her controversial hit More Sugar Daddy amidst a flurry of energetic and seductive dance moves.

Other local acts who excited the crowd included Tehn Diamond, Baba Shupi, Dadza D, an upcoming artiste called T Shok and Professor.

Tafadzwa Sharaunga, the Shoko Festival spokesperson, praised the performances of the artistes.

“The acts from Thursday till Saturday were amazing. I really would like to thank all our partners and the Shoko fans for making all these electric concerts possible,” he said.

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