Chipaz's big weekend gamble

HARARE - National Arts Merit Awards winning music promoter Partson Chimbodza proved his mettle in “gambling” as he successfully held three different high-profile concerts on Saturday in the capital.

Through his company Chipaz Promotions, Chimbodza successfully staged the Harare Cup Clash featuring dancehall artistes which was held at City Sports Centre, multi-award winning Nigerian international artist Davido graced Belgravia Sports Club while he also featured star performer Jah Prayzah at the Longcheng Plaza.

“That was not my first time to hold three major concerts on the same date, in 2013 we organised four high-profile concerts held on the same night.

“Proper events management is needed in order to come up with concerts of this nature. I took three months planning the events and it is my wish to hold at least six concerts on the same date in future and half of the gigs should comprise international artistes. “I believe a music promoter should work like the Premier Soccer League which hosts seven matches a day,” said Chimbodza.

Last weekend was one of the busiest days in showbiz and fans were spoilt for choice as Harare hosted more than six high-profile gigs separately and half of them were under the Chipaz Promotions banner.

Some of the major events that took place over the weekend include the Toni Braxton and Babyface performance held at Borrowdale Race Course on Friday, Bodyslam’s Summer Fest held on Saturday at Water Whirld and a gospel concert held on Saturday at Rainbow Towers Gardens among others.

Chimbodza declined to reveal the attendance figures; rather he confirmed that the events had been satisfactorily attended. “We are still compiling the attendance figures but I am happy with the turnout,” he said. “I incurred huge losses in the past but those are the intricacies of the industry, one has to soldier on,” he said.

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