Zahara, Mafikizolo return to Harare

HARARE - South African stars Zahara and Mafikizolo will return to Zimbabwe on March 6 for a concert set for the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

The award-winning artistes will share the stage with local stars Jah Prayzah and Pah Chihera in a gig that has been arranged by Simad Entertainment.

“We are glad to host these celebrated South African artistes in Harare again,” said Simmad director Simba Madziva.

Late last year, Simmad promoted the chaotic Lockdown Concert featuring Mafikizolo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Alexio Kawara and Tocky Vibes at the same venue.

This time around Madziva has promised better organisation.

“We want to apologise for what happened last year and as Simmad Entertainment we take it as a learning curve.

“This time, we are bigger and better. Last time, we underestimated the crowd, we were shocked by the turnout — as a result, it exposed our ill-preparedness,” he said.

“This time, we have introduced an electronic ticket checking system, no more manual checking. We are selling all our tickets in advance.

“Doors will be open two hours before the concert kick off time.”

Kunonga to light up Book Cafe

Afrobeat star Victor Kunonga, who is riding on the popularity of his latest and fourth album Kwedu, will kick-start the Book Café entertainment programme tonight.

Kunonga, whose music has been described as “a fresh, dynamic international sound rooted in African rhythms, musically very superior” by South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela, will share the stage with rising artiste Norman Masamba and Point Blank on the Book Café Main Stage. Interestingly, Masamba plays the lead guitar for Kunonga.

As has become a tradition every Friday, the Book Café Garden Stage will host a mbira bash featuring the enigmatic Nyamasvisva and Mawungira Enharira.

Tomorrow afternoon, the Jibilika Cypher-a platform for dance, beatbox and music-returns to the Book Café.

Several young artists and dance groups will do performances designed to send positive messages to their peers on HIV/Aids as part of Jibilika’s ‘Step Up 2 HIV’ campaign.

The free Jibilika Cypher has been made possible through the support of Pamberi Trust and the United States of America Embassy’s PEPFAR Project.

Macheso, Zakaria to share stage in Mutare

Sungura star Alick Macheso and his mentor Nicholas Zakaria will play on the same stage tomorrow at Pick and Save in Mutare.

Tomorrow’s joint gig is one of a few involving the two celebrated musicians since the 1990s when Macheso quit Zakaria’s Khiama Boys to form Orchestra Mberikwazvo.

Before heading to Mutare for the historic joint gig with Zakaria, Macheso will hold his first show of the year tonight at Harare’s Ice and Fire Pamuzinda along Bulawayo road.

Transit to unleash Lovers Rock Reggae

Veteran reggae group Transit Crew will perform on the Book Café Main Stage tomorrow night.

The legendary band, which has been in existence for the past 27 years, features top artistes like Munya Nyemba (bass), Samaita Zindi (guitar) and newer members like Mannex Motsi on lead vocals.

Suluman for PHD Big Sunday

Dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu will perform at Prophet Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries Big Sunday to be held in Harare.

Chimbetu publicist Joe Nyamungoma told the Daily News that the Sean Timba hit-maker has lined up new songs that suit the event.

“Sulu is very creative on stage hence he is going to compose and perform new songs inclined to gospel music. We do not have a problem with that as we can perform at any occasion,” said Nyamungoma.

Tonight, Chimbetu and his Orchestra Dendera Kings are set to rock Platinum Club in Zvishavane after which they will return to Harare for a show at Mushandirapamwe Hotel tomorrow.

 

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