Club Connect hosts SA duo

HARARE - Just over a year ago, no one would have thought that the huge building that houses Cecil Hotel in Bulawayo’s avenues would emerge as the city’s entertainment and showbiz hub.

Previous owners had difficulty utilising the massive structure which boasts of accommodation and conference rooms, underground bars and countless outlets.

It all changed with the coming in of a new tenant, Devine Assignments, an entertainment and showbiz promotions entity. And today Cecil Hotel is the busiest joint in the City of Kings.

While the hotel’s accommodation still stands, it has been the introduction of two nightclubs — Private Lounge and Club Connect in the same building that has had everyone talking.

The two clubs each offer a different dose of entertainment; Private Lounge offers adult entertainment that includes pole and strip dancing while Club Connect offers club music which is always powered by prominent DJs.

It is also at Club Connect where other showbiz jamborees take place and just a few weeks ago the club played host to popular South African socialite Zodwa Wabantu.

Private Lounge was established in Bulawayo after the success of the brand in Harare where it was first introduced. In Harare the club offers quality adult entertainment and it has become home to several grown-ups who usually visit to sample the best on offer.

The idea to introduce adult entertainment in the City of Kings would have at first sounded a bit far fetched considering the conservative nature of people there but alas, it has turned out to be quite a spectacle as the joint is always packed, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

With its vast gardens and conference facilities, the hotel has also become the idle venue for weddings and private parties.

This past weekend, Club Connect invited two talented DJs-cum-producers — Quinton and Goldmax popularly known as Distruction Boyz. The Durban-based house music act produced hit songs Uzophuza Amanzi and Wololo.

With the club packed the duo started to showcase just before midnight and for 90 minutes they had the whole house on fire as they churned out deep house and club music.

The crowd had a good time as they also took to the dance floor to follow the rhythm that vibrated and shook the whole building.

Resident club spinner DJ Nash was all praises for the duo: “The duo gave a splendid performance and I am sure most of our local DJs have picked one or two things from them. They were hot and they kept the turntables burning —indeed they were on fire.

“And for more than an hour and a half I would feel the vibe as fans danced along. I witnessed real talent today.”

Club Connect manageress Zandile said the duo was hugely talented. “They are professional, talented and great performers. The boys gave fans their money’s worth and they are very popular here. We hope they will be coming back soon.”

Zandile described the boys as humble: “When they arrived they wanted to experience the culture and people of Bulawayo so we went to Leeside Butchery for a braii where they met fans.”

By 2012 the gqom style of electronic music had already made a huge impact on youth audiences in Durban’s townships.

The new sound rumbled across dimly lit dance floors, reverberated within customised taxis and murmured through beat-up handsets.

Inspired by the hysteria and excitement surrounding the new sound, Distruction Boyz began DJing and producing gqom music together. At the time they were all still Grade 10 high school students.

Like the many other producers in their area they are self-taught, having learnt their craft purely through trial and error. It was through this process of experiential learning that the group developed both their mission and their identity.

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