Mafikizolo turns on the style

HARARE - There was a heavy South African feel at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on Friday night where the internationally-acclaimed Zahara and Mafikizolo shared the stage.

Though local artistes Jah Prayzah, Winky D and PaChihera performed, the heavy presence of members of the South African community who included diplomats, made the high-profile show appear like a truly South African affair.

The local artistes did not disappoint, but their fairly impressive performances were somewhat undermined by the fact that the music fans were more interested in the visiting South African artistes.

As usual, Zahara delivered a great gig.

Backed by a full band, the popular South African songstress performed songs such as Loliwe, Destiny, My Guitar, Brand New Day, Shine, Umthwalo, Xa Bendingena Mama, Thekwana, Away, Ndize, Incwad’encane and Pendula.

It was a riveting performance but it was clear that the big crowd warmed up more to the energetic presentation by the fired-up Mafikizolo.

The award-winning house music duo was simply sensational and a marvel to watch.

Throughout their stipulated 90-minute slot, Mafikizolo, backed by a full band, showcased an energy-sapping stage work much to the delight of the revellers in the fully-packed joint.

The famous South African group performed most of their songs but predictably it was the hits, Khona and Happiness, that triggered more activity on the packed dance floor.

The show, which was organised by Simmad Entertainment, was better-organised than the Lockdown Concert held late last year which featured Mafikizolo, Tocky Vibes, Alexio Kawara and superstar Oliver Mtukudzi.

The Lockdown Concert was characterised by chaos because music fans found it difficult to gain entry into the concert venue.

On Friday, Simmad Entertainment managed the situation much better even though they were forced to set up the public address system late because the venue had just hosted the International Women’s Day celebrations officiated by First Lady Grace Mugabe.

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