Macheso sizzles Chinhoyi

CHINHOYI - Sungura kingpin Alick Macheso stole the show at the official launch of the Culture Week in Chinhoyi on Saturday which was officiated by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.

A very small crowd — mostly made up of Nemakonde High School students — listened to Mphoko’s speech. The crowd swelled dramatically after the VP’s departure as people rushed in big numbers to watch the sungura star’s performance.

It was clear that Macheso’s performance had more appeal than the significance of Culture Week. When the Tafadzwa singer arrived at Nemakonde High School — the venue of the Culture Week launch — the packed venue became a sea of confusion as Chinhoyi residents jostled to get near the stage.

The sungura star, whose entourage came to the venue in a Red Cross Zimbabwe vehicle, performed most of his hit songs including Baba naMai (Chikwambo), Shedia and Mundikumbuke much to the delight of the bumper crowd.

It was an opportunity for the Chinhoyi residents, especially children and women to witness their favourite artist on stage during the day.

Before Macheso and his Orchestra Mberikwazvo group went on stage, several cultural groups took turns to entertain the crowd.

Artists that performed at the event included 2014 Jikinya Dance Festival Champions ZRP Tomlison Primary School, 14th Edition National Arts Merit Award People’s Choice winner Richard “Uncle Ritchie” Matimba, various award-winning poets, comedians, the Zimbabwe College of Music and the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe.

The annual Culture Week launch also involved street marching by artists and cultural activists, a fashion show, herbal exhibitions, art and craft exhibitions from Bembera (Mutare) and Zimbabwe Arts and Crafts Association.

Culture week commemorations are being held across the country under the theme “Celebrating Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurship” a call for Zimbabweans in general and artists in particular to regard the culture sector as having immense potential to contribute to livelihoods and the national income.

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Andrew Langa, who was at the launch, described culture as a key development factor.

“Culture is the engine that drives us in doing business. There is no nation in the world that has developed and changed even its economic growth without a developed cultural outlook. That is why in the review of our National Cultural Policy the emphasis is on growing the industrial and business impact that culture has on the people. The importance is on improving the people’s livelihoods,” said Langa.

Comments (2)

We do salute the talented and gifted sungura ace,we are only waiting for a new album. Baba Shero poto haisatiti yave kuibva ere

David Gangata - 21 May 2015


joseph Gambe - 24 May 2015

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