BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
The showbiz industry has opened up completely, bringing a sigh of relief to performers who had been financially squeezed by lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The current trend in the showbiz sector demonstrates an industry that has regained its momentum as it is now back in business for promoters and performers.
For the promoters, they seem to be on the road to recovery, as a number of foreign actors have already performed in recent months, many of whom are expected to headline several concerts.
Local artists are hungry to perform if the number of shows they put on from Wednesday to Sunday are to be believed. Fans also reciprocate, as evidenced by the large turnout at the live shows.
The trends also prove that Zimbabwe is undoubtedly becoming a go-to country for many South African musicians. This is proven by the number of those who have already been charged to perform.
South African music duo, Major League, came to play at Borrowdale Racecourse, Afro-pop duo, Blaq Diamond, hosted a show at Pabloz VIP Lounge in Harare.
Another Mzansi singer, Makhadzi, real name Ndivhunzannyi Ralivhona, was the headliner last weekend at the inaugural JamAfro festival at the Alexandra Sports Club in Harare.
The festival also featured another foreign act, Jamaican dancehall queen Neelah. This weekend it’s entertainment galore with three big events lined up on Saturday night.
As South African artists flock to Zimbabwe, this weekend two of the country’s top artists will be in the country to perform in Harare and Bulawayo.
Rapper Mzansi Focalistic will tomorrow headline the Drug celebratory concert at the Harare International Conference Center before heading to Bulawayo the following day with a performance at the BAC Leisure Centre.
Focalistic will share the stage with dancehall singers Winky D, Enzo Ishall, Killer T, Buffalo Souljah, King 98, Batroy and Sandra Ndebele while roller DJs Selekta Base, Langton B and DJ Rimo among others will make it vibrate on the turntables.
The same evening, Blaq Diamond composed of Ndumiso Mdletshe and Sphelele Dunywa will perform at the Boundary in Bulawayo. The duo is back home a fortnight after their concert in Harare.
On the other hand, the great sungura Nicholas “Madzibaba” Zakaria supported by the Khiama Boys tomorrow launches his 29th album entitled Musabvunda at the Nyaradzo events in Houghton Park, Harare. The Khiama Boys frontman released the album for the last time Zadziso about two years ago.
Across town, at Harare Gardens, an array of dancehall singers will converge for Kinnah’s birthday. Born Maligakini Saizi, Kinnah also known as Mr Mbare will be joined in the celebration by over 30 singers including Seh Calaz, Lady Squanda, Nutty O, Hwindi President, Shinsoman and Guspy Warrior.
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