Sunset Arena beer fest roars to life

HARARE - The two-day Sunset Arena beer festival spiced with lots of music, braais and beer roars into life in Harare today with Zim-dancehall acts performing from noon until mid-night.

Today Tocky Vibes will lead the dancehall pack that includes the likes of Killer T, Sir Calaz, Guspy Warrior, Soul Jah Love, Kinna and Platinum Prince.

With the open venue at the grounds adjacent to City Sports Centre, the facility will be abuzz with activity as 15 local nightclubs will showcase their beer brands while also incorporating artistic programmes within their stands.

Tomorrow will be a special day as urban grooves acts among them Maskiri, Pauline Gundidza and Teererai Mugwadi share the stage with 40 DJs in what is set to be a night to remember.

During the two days, aspiring musicians will be afforded the chance to  be on the microphone as well with Harare’s popular arts hub the Book Café giving them the opportunity at their stand.

For those who like pole dancing,  Harare’s other popular club Private Lounge will offer them a chance as pole dancers Bev and Zoey also take turns to entertain revellers at their stand.

Apart from the 15 stands which will be run by the night clubs — Book Café, Zebra Island, Mtangadura, New Life, Liggie, City Sports Bar, Private Lounge, Dandaro, Club RTS, Club Officers, London T, Federal Night Club — there will also be the main arena which will house the main stage.

“We want to produce a festival that meets international standards and we have everything in place for the musical and beer drinking jamboree.

“We want to give the bar owners space to exhibit the bars, so you will have a feel of each nightclub at the festival or have a feel of their services.

“It is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe and we hope the bar owners will make their stands exciting.”

Chinoperekwei said all kinds of music would be on offer over two days as they have billed live bands and more than 40 DJs who will take turns to entertain revellers.

“The beer will be cheap, very cheap because this will be a beer festival. The meat braais will also be part of the feasting as this usually goes well with beer drinking,” said Biggie Chinoperekwei the director of Devine Assignments, the coordinators of the festival.

Chinoperekwei said after successfully staging the Harare Agricultural Show reggae dancehall music showdown concert at the Sunset Arena, they are confident the venue is ideal for a big festival.

“The month of October is usually known for its warm weather and this being an open air concert; we hope revellers would grace our outdoor concept.

The idea of the October Beer Fest follows on the world’s popular Munich Beer Festival, also known as Oktoberfest or wies’n by the locals, which is a public beer festival held once a year in Munich, Germany for 16 days from the middle of September to the first Sunday in October.

Around six million people attend Munich Beer Festival annually, consuming four million litres of beer, half a million roast chickens and 200 000 pairs of pork sausages.

DJ Fire Links who will in the box tomorrow said his session would exhibit nothing but ‘fireworks’.

“We will rock at the beer festival and we promise to do what we always do at Downtown Night Club in Highfield. My session will be strictly Zim-dancehall and worldwide dancehall tunes.”

As part of the Sun Set Arena beer festival a dancehall music workshop was held on October 9 which deliberated on dancehall music and its rise, vulgar language and beefs.

Macheso invades Gweru

SUNGURA musician Alick Macheso and his Orchestra Mberikwazvo are set to rock Midlands Hotel in Gweru tonight before performing at a private function at Munyati Power Station in Munyati on Saturday.

On Sunday Macheso will perform at a family show at Las Vegas Night Club in Southerton in Harare.

Bev returns to Murombedzi

Beverly Sibanda aka Bev is set to thrill revellers at Red 32 tonight in Harare’s Southerton suburb before showcasing at the Beer Festival at Sunset Arena on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday night Bev and her Sexy Angels will be performing at Zebra Island in Mabvuku (Harare).

On Sunday Bev is returning to Murombedzi Cycle Point Hotel for a potentially explosive performance.

Sulu, Africa Revenge set to rock Book Cafe

Celebrated Dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu is set to share the stage with Africa Revenge at the award winning joint Book Cafe tonight.

Today the joint is hosting Musica Festival featuring Davina Green and Pah Chihera.

From 1900hours mbira group Mawungira eNharira featuring Nyamasvisva will perform at the joint’s Garden Stage while at the Main Stage will be Jive Friday with Gary Tight, Munya Mataruse, Tsvete and Chikwata 263 among others while celebrating International Day of Artists, presented by Jive Zimbabwe.

On Saturday the joint is hosting Craftfair Showcasing the best of Zimbabwe’s Wooden and ‘Ware Art’ from Headlands, Chivhu and Matopos.

Jabavu Drive will entertain revellers.

From 2000hours on Saturday Carl Joshua Ncube the comedian will stage a farewell show as he is heading for the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada up to December.

Watenzi to rock Mutoko

Howard “Watenzi” Pinjisi is performing in his rural home tonight at Rwenya Night Club in Mutoko while on Saturday he and his band will entertain fans at Mudzengerere Night Club, Makaha.

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