'Zim women fancy half-clad Samba girls too'

HARARE - Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke says indications from the last Harare International Carnival show that both women and men are equally interested in half-clad Samba girls.

The Harare International Carnival is organised by ZTA as part of efforts to attract tourists to Zimbabwe’s capital city.

According to Kaseke, research during the 2015 edition of the carnival showed that, contrary to popular opinion, many women enjoyed watching the Brazilian girls in their revealing stage attire during the carnival street party.

“We actually discovered that women lost 17 children during the previous edition of the Harare International Carnival as they were busy following the Samba girls. The women were equally enjoying watching the Brazilian girls whose stage attire left tongues wagging,” Kaseke said.

The ZTA boss has promised even more fireworks this year.

“We have added Cubans to the line-up. Cubans are expected to give the Brazilians a good run for their money,” Kaseke said.

Several foreign artistes who include rhumba maestro Werrason from DRC, Dr Malinga, Heavy K, Babes Wodumo and Zodwa from South African will perform at the carnival.

Kaseke is optimistic that Zimbabwean women will be fascinated by Zodwa who stole the show at Durban July in South Africa with a thigh-baring outfit.

“We also hope that women will fall in love with Zodwa,” Kaseke said.

The carnival — expected to feature 25 countries — will be rocked by several

local artistes who include Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Soul Jah Love, Suluman Chimbetu and gospel artistes such as Charles and Olivia Charamba.

The Harare International Carnival’s new sponsor —  Big Time Strategic Group of South Africa — is paying for the foreign artistes in addition to availing a state-of-the-art stage and a public address system.

According to Kaseke, the sponsor is also contributing to the sprucing up of the carnival route.

“People will march along Robert Mugabe Road and they will gather at Civic Centre Grounds or Freedom Square where the biggest dome stage in Africa will be erected courtesy of the event sponsor Bigtime Strategic Group. Different artistes will perform at this stage,” he said.

In addition to the street party, there will also be the Carnival Bira to be held in Domboshawa on August 25, the Carnival Bush Party, the Carnival Zimdancehall Fiesta as well as Carnival Samba Night.

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