MicInity launches album in style

HARARE - After four years of waiting for his second album, reggae star MicInity had no choice but to pull off the mother of all launches for his latest offering Survivor at Misty’s on Friday night.

And for good measure, he threw his 32nd birthday party into the mix.

What a party-and-a-half it was!

The fact that the event only got going more than an hour late did not seem to matter at all after several top musicians who included Dhadza D, Sniper Storm, Bashupi, Roki and Albert Nyathi delivered inspired performances with the backing of MicInity’s band — The House of Stone.

Since the launch of his second album was done on his birthday, MicInity left most of the performing to fellow musicians who graced his double celebration.

The Marondera-born artiste only performed three songs from the new project which were the conscious title track Survivor as well as the dancehall tracks Burn out di devil and Hot inna dance.

During his limited time on stage, MicInity managed to showcase why he continually draws big crowds to his mid-week show at the Newlands-based Misty’s.

It was a performance full of energy, style and beautiful vocals.

The crowd particularly warmed up to Survivor which could turn out to be one of the album's biggest hits.

MicInity’s cameo came in between performances from fellow musicians who turned up for his big bash.

Since the combined album launch and birthday bash had made a late start, the show obviously needed an energetic performer to kick-start proceedings and no one could have fitted that role more than Dhadza D. While many were disappointed because he did not perform the hit

Magetsi Aenda, The Prince of Fire, as Dhadza D is popularly known in Zimdancehall circles, still managed to bring the house down with the popular song Alphabetically.

Then came Sniper Storm, Stunner and Bashupi who wowed the full house with energetic performances.

One of the highlights of the night was when Stunner and Bashupi did their duet Godo to loud applause from the crowd that included Book Café director Thomas Brickhill and MDC renewal team spokesperson Jacob Mafume.

Besides MicInity’s dazzling presentation, the standout performances on the night were arguably those by Roki and dub poet-cum-musician Albert Nyathi.

Love him or hate him, Roki’s music craft has never been in doubt.

On Friday night at Misty’s, the controversial artiste demonstrated his quality with a play list that included the hit Chidzoka.

Veteran artiste Nyathi’s part was probably the most hilarious of the night.

After rocking the house with the 20-year-old hit Senzeni Na, Nyathi took the party mood to another level by performing his poem My Son Shakespeare.

Nyathi recited the poem holding birthday boy MicInity’s hand:

“My son Shakespeare. Do not shake your spear everywhere. Remember there are grieving impalas, duikers  And animals that you left wounded because of your spear Shakespeare.”

The crowd roared with laughter as the whole house was serenaded.

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