Magical Charly Black calms tempers

HARARE – Magical Charly Black! That’s the best way of describing the effervescent visiting Jamaican who performed in Harare on Saturday and saved a potentially-riotous situation.

A few minutes earlier there was total chaos inside Longcheng Plaza arena as patrons ran for cover fleeing missiles.

Charly Black has the crowd in frenzy on Saturday night.

But then emerged Black, to calm the situation. Bottles and stones were raining onto the stage and the VIP area as over 5 000 dancehall music fans protested against the power cut which had brought an abrupt end to Templeman and Garry B’s performance.

For over 30 minutes, security and organisers battled to keep the crowd under control while all hands were on deck for the engineers trying to figure out the problem with the PA system.

Once the sound was back online, the man the patrons had paid their hard-earned cash to watch perform finally came forth from the back stage to a rousing applause.

Security personnel try to stop patrons from tearing down the VIP barrier to get closer to the stage.

Black, wearing white demin trousers, white sneakers and a black biker jacket, quickly struck a connection with the restless crowd.

It was a remarkable turnaround because 30 minutes earlier, the venue resembled a warzone but with just one burst of his signature hook “Woooooooow”, Black had the entire crowd in delirium and the party was popping again.

From there on, the former Bass Odyssey sound system selector began to drop some of his big hits that have made him adored by his Zimbabwean fans.

A wheelchair-bound reveller is hoisted onto the stage by the other patrons at the height of Black’s performance.

The song that really got the crowd going is Black’s 2010 hit Me Nuh Fraid on the Split Personality riddim by Seanizzle.

Once the crowd was captivated the self styled Country Boy began to notch up a gear when he started to drop songs for the lady patrons in attendance.

Undoubtedly when he dropped his hit single with J Capri title Whine and Kotch there was total pandemonium.

The VIP barrier was torn down as the rest of the crowd swarmed forward to try and get closer to the man on the stage.

This time the security handled the situation better as they allowed the overflowing patrons to get closer to Black.

Part of the crowd in the VIP section.

After weaving his way into the ladies’ hearts with other hits like All Day All Night, Bike Back, First Time and Nicest, Black changed the tempo again.

This time he went into his catalogue of songs laced with marijuana-loving lyrics. Such songs as Smoke All Day, Mind So Free and All The Trees without doubt, left the crowd mesmerised.

A huge crowd turned out to watch Charly Black to perform at Longcheng Plaza.

Interestingly, the partisan local crowd which usually clamours for visiting artistes to quickly leave the stage to make way for the Zimdancehall performers had simply fallen in love Black.

Buoyed by the crowd’s response, The Country Boy again changed tempo by dishing some of the his contemporary hits like Tyad Fi See Me, Bubbling Party, Too Blessed To Be Stressed and Now And Forever.

Some patrons had to climb a tree inside the venue to get a good vantage point to watch the show.

When it was time for the Jamaican to leave the stage, the crowd kept asking for more and Black had to return for another segment.

Black had stepped onto the stage at 1:30am during the chaos in the crowd and it was just before 4am when he finally exited with the patrons asking for more.

This will go down as one of the best performance by a visiting Jamaican artiste in Zimbabwe.

In recent years, performers from the Caribbean islands have found the going tough to win over the hardcore Zimdancehall fans but Black left a lasting impression.

All pictures by Freedom Mashava.

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