Winky D hogs limelight at HICC

HARARE - It needed the crowd-pulling exploits of the red-hot Winky D and Jah Prayzah to finally accomplish what a succession of local and foreign artistes had found unattainable over the last few years — filling up the giant Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

Despite limited time to promote the gig fittingly dubbed “Fill Up HICC

Concert,” thousands of music fans thronged the 5 000-seater venue to witness performances by some of Zimbabwe’s best musicians.

In the run-up to the New Year’s Eve gig, Jah Prayzah had been billed as the main star of the show but the organisers appeared to have overlooked Winky D’s newfound appeal ever since he released the 10-track album Gafa Life early last month.

The self-styled Ninja President was clearly the star of the show.

Fans sang along with gusto as he performed songs such as Gafa Life, Idya Mari, Ngoma Futi, Mirror and Woshora but the highlight of his energetic and well-choreographed act was when he ushered revellers into 2016 with the popular hit Disappear.

Jah Prayzah, who had performed in Kadoma earlier, only got to perform at the HICC well into 2016 when a sizeable chunk of the crowd had already gone home.

This late entry into the show somewhat took the shine off his otherwise well-polished act.

Apart from Winky D’s stand-out performance, the crowd also warmed up to Alexio Kawara, Suluman Chimbetu and other artistes who performed with live bands.

Artistes like Trevor Dongo, Seh Calaz and Roki, who banked on backtracks, generally received a muted reception from music fans.

Meanwhile, at Ice and Fire Pamuzinda, Alick Macheso drew a fairly big crowd despite the competition posed by the “Fill Up HICC Concert” concert.

Backed by the Orchestra Mberikwazvo, the sungura kingpin sampled some songs off his forthcoming album as well as his old hits, including Shedia and Macharangwanda.

Comments (5)

Tarira zvoita Gafa riya

Gaaaaafa - 4 January 2016

gafa kumberi jah akuwanza pride manje takatomujamba .winky agara ari mudhara kubva kudhara kana ma ghetto youths ese anozviziva .sando ku GAFA LIFE

teeivy - 4 January 2016

gafa kumberi jah akuwanza pride manje takatomujamba .winky agara ari mudhara kubva kudhara kana ma ghetto youths ese anozviziva .sando ku GAFA LIFE

teeivy - 4 January 2016

So you mean to say in Zim when you perform usin backtracks on your set the crowd won't receive you well unless you got a band. That's some bullshit! What then bout all those backtrack artists?? they becoe irrelevant that's what it mean. So means muchangotamba anaMacheso ivavo, chiBhighi chenyu,Jah Prayzar,Pengaudzoke, Mbira dzenharira, Magacha zvichingodaro, maybe nechimwe chinonzi chibaba coz vanhu vanongochida zvakadaro nekushaya kwacho, spitting out nursery rhymes, poor production and unconstructed disorganized pathetic rhyme scheme, meaningless sentences. Chinenge chine mushonga chete chiya. Nekuty kucommander crowd zvakaderoka iii ma1!

Priest666 - 5 January 2016

Isu takazviona kudhara pakaimbwa MADE IN CHINA kuti ,shuwa GAFA IGAFA hariBATIKE ZVEKUMHANYA

oJENDE oCHEBE - 6 January 2016

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