Lockdown Concert to lure more foreign stars

HARARE - Simad Entertainment director Simba Madziva says the Harare Lockdown Concert, which this year is featuring South African music stars Mafikizolo and Zambia’s Roberto, is expected to include more countries next year.

The annual event began last year with a gig in which South African musicians Mafikizolo and Zahara shared the stage with top local acts.

“What is more exciting is that the event is getting bigger each year. Last year, it was like a South Africa-Zimbabwe affair. In this year’s edition taking place at the Harare International Conference Centre on December 18,  we have moved a step further to include Zambia.

“Our plan is to make the event even bigger by including more countries. It is our vision to see the annual event being held in a big joint such as the National Sports Stadium in Harare in the near future,” said Madziva.

The Simmad Entertainment director added that Harare Lockdown Concert specifically targets top artists from various countries.

“Mafikizolo are one of Africa’s most popular and consistent groups. They have been around for years yet they remain relevant.

“Everyone knows that when Mafikizolo are in town; it is party time that is why we had to bring them back this year. Roberto, who is best known for the hit Amarula, is one of Zambia’s finest,” he said.

Apart from Mafikizolo and Roberto, this year’s Harare Lockdown Concert will also feature music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Jah Prayzah and Alexio Kawara.

While Mafikizolo have proved over the years to be favourites in Harare, the December 18 gig will provide a fitting platform for Roberto to show that there is much more to him than the hit Amarula.

The Zambian, who once worked with South African group Boom Shaka, has performed in several African countries that include Rwanda, Namibia and Uganda.

Born Robert Banda, the Zambian has a string of hits including Don’t Say You Do, These Words, Nikutasha, Save our Love, Bengi and 2009 award-winning song Akasuba.

His most popular song in Zimbabwe is, without doubt, Amarula.

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