Zahara mesmerises Harare

HARARE - Award-winning South African songstress Zahara left revellers in the capital yearning for more at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on Saturday night.

Although she took long to appear on the stage, when South Africa’s hottest property in the music industry finally did — towards midnight —  the appreciative crowd in the giant HICC hall suddenly livened up.

It was clear that merrymakers could not have asked for a better Christmas present as Zahara lived up to their expectations.

Revellers, who came in all sizes and shapes to watch the famed singer, took their time to prepare for the event as most of them were dressed to kill.

As soon as the South African star walked onto the stage the revellers stood up in the quest to see the star they had all been waiting for — and she didn’t disappoint.

Clad in a black top and ankle-length white maxi skirt with matching shoes, Zahara’s performance was not as ordinary as her dressing.

Whenever she belted a tune, the songstress’ powerful and magical voice left the audience with a lot of emotions.

One could have been forgiven for thinking that Zahara, who was born Bulelwa Mkutukana,  was performing in her home town as the audience knew most of her songs word for word and were singing along with the star. 

At one point she invited selected members of the audience to the stage to sing with her.

As she continued to sing more songs it was clear that the audience could wait no longer for the famous Loliwe.

Until she dropped the mega hit, the crowd had kept shouting Loliwe. But that was not to be as Zahara had reserved the song for the latter stages of her scintillating performance.

And when Loliwe finally came, the giant HICC reverberated with screams from the ecstatic crowd.

Touched by the love and emotions bestowed on her by the audience, Zahara jokingly said she was considering relocating to Zimbabwe.
“I have performed in Zimbabwe many times but I am still amazed by the love you guys keep showing to me. I am now thinking of buying a house here so that I can stay here,” she said to thunderous applause from the audience.

Though Zahara’s performance was almost peerless, local artistes who shared the stage with her gave the audience their money’s worth.

Contemporary Afro-fusion musician and Zimbabwe’s man-of-the-moment, Jah Prayzah, proved his mettle once again with a pulsating performance awash with energetic dances and hit songs.

The loudest cheers were elicited by the hits Eliza, Tsviriyo, Mwanasikana and Chinamira among others.

The lanky musician also gave revellers a taste of things to come after he performed a new song Hello Girly which is likely to be another hit song as the crowd enjoyed it.

Rising gospel musician Mathias Mhere also wowed the crowd with his well-choreographed stage performance.

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