Slizer, Macheso headline weekend shows

HARARE - Botswana's queen of Kwaito Kwasa, Naledi Kaisara, popularly known as Slizer will tomorrow, together with fellow countryman Franco grace a welcome party slotted for Harare’s Private Lounge.

Slizer and Franco are slated for three weekend musical concerts in an event dubbed “Zimbabwe meets Botswana” that will see the duo share the stage with local music acts that include sungura music star Alick Macheso, Peter Moyo and Progress Chipfumo.

Gift Petro, who is Slizer’s local manager said tomorrow’s welcome party will introduce the participating musicians ahead of the concerts.

“We are holding a big bash at Private Lounge in Harare to welcome the visiting Slizer and Franco. We have also invited all the participating local musicians who will bring the much- needed flavour to the night which promises fireworks.”

A spokesperson for Private Lounge said the trendy bar saw it fit to welcome the Botswana duo.

“We have always worked with Slizer and the last time she was here, we actually promoted her showcases. She commands a huge following and we are happy that her fans will have a chance to mix and mingle with her. We will also welcome Franco.”

A number of local musicians will grace the welcome party.

“Summer is fast approaching and this gathering of musicians and other celebrities will introduce the fiesta ahead which will be offered at Private Lounge.”

Petro said on Friday the party continues with a concert at the Aquatic Complex pitting the five music acts — Slizer, Franco, Macheso, Moyo and Chipfumo.

“On Saturday we are invading the town of Zvishavane where the musicians will stage a concert at Zvishavane Caravan Park before rounding off the tour with a Harare Gardens bash.”

Petro said as for the Harare Gardens show they have also invited gospel singer Blessing Shumba.

Slizer has been to Zimbabwe several times and last year when she was here she said her dream was to meet Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe. She said she admired her philanthropic work. The Botswana music sensation and provocative dancer told the Daily News then: “I want to meet the First Lady because she is a special person who loves and takes care of the less privileged.

“It would be a dream come true for me if I visit her orphanage home in Mazowe and witness her gracious hand towards disadvantaged children.”

Slizer is known “for her lewd behaviour, torn-jeans, suggestive dances and yes, the sweet voice.”

The diva, who was once rumoured to be dating Peter Moyo, flatly denied the existance of the affair when interviewed by the Daily News last year.

“Life is always complicated and so is love,” she said.

“I usually wait for things to happen and if I happen to get married to a Zimbabwean, that is not for me to decide now.

“Zimbabwe is my second home and hopefully I will be coming to stay more here and work with local musicians.”

Slizer has also collaborated with Afro-jazz musician Prince Musarurwa and worked with Gweru-bred musician Madiz.

The songstress started her music career over a decade ago as a backing vocalist for various renowned Batswana groups, including Franco and Alfredo Mos. She was inspired by South Africa’s Boom Shaka and its controversial leader, the late Lebo.

Slizer’s debut album O Tswa Kae in 2008 reportedly sold over 30 000 copies which opened her up to several hit songs popular within the region. She and Moyo collaborated on a duet titled Ga Gona Madi (Pasina Mari).

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