Jacaranda Fest and Freeman ignite the showbiz scene
The MERRYMAKERS were spoiled for choice during a weekend packed with entertainment on the local showbiz scene.
Thousands of music lovers graced the Alex and Old Hararians sports clubs in Harare for the launch of Freeman’s David and Goliath album and the Stanbic Jacaranda Music Festival, respectively.
Both events have been major crowd pullers on the showbiz scene.
Zimbabwe continues to be a favorite country for many international artists as Jamaican dancehall singer Chris Martin graced Freeman’s album launch on Saturday at the Alex Sports Club in Harare.
Chris Martin is featured on the track Zimbabwean Queen.
The Cheaters Prayer hitmaker returned to Zimbabwe as a guest artist some four years after his first performance in the country.
The Stanbic Jacaranda Music Festival and Freeman’s album launch have both brought together excellent performers who have garnered huge success in their solo careers.
This year, the Stanbic Jacaranda Music Festival, whose curtain fell last night, made its optimal return after a restricted attendance last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival, which saw more than 30 local and international artists take the stage, kicked off on Wednesday with a two-day music conference held at Venue in Avondale, Harare.
Various musical genres, including sungura, afro-pop, dancehall, mbira, amapiano and afro-jazz, were presented at the Stanbic Jacaranda festival.
As promised, all of the artists who were on the line-up for the launch of Freeman’s 12th album showed up for the show and delivered great performances.
From the huge turnout at the launch, it looks like Freeman made the right choice alongside his partners to fly in the Jamaican star as part of the event.
The highlight of the evening was when the Dancehall Doctor, as Freeman is also known to his legion of fans, shared the stage with Chris Martin.
Freeman was well received at the launch, which didn’t turn out to be a Chris Martin show, which showed he was just there to support a brother in music.
Local artists, who performed at the launch, are Nyasha David, Saint Flow, Mbeu, Stunner, Trevor Dongo, Bazooka, Bounty Lisa and Leo Magozz.
The hosts were radio personalities Rumbidzai “Chamvary” Mugwira and DJ Merciless, née Tatenda Charlton Nyevera.
Freeman’s album is already available on online streaming sites like Apple, Spotify, Vevo, Deezer, YouTube and Audiomack.
Speaking to NewsDay Life & Style through his manager Michelle Mukaro ahead of the launch, Freeman said the production was not just an album, but a conversation for all.
“Through this album, I pray that we challenge ourselves to do better in the fight against the various ‘goliaths’ we face. May this be a time for communities, families and stakeholders to sit down and address the challenges faced by young adults who are addicted (in many forms), depressed and on the verge of suicide,” said he noted.
Away from the stage, the promoter of the album launch of Freeman Nash Paints and Hatipfeke Junk should improve their logistics next time.
Imagine calling Chris Martin’s 10 p.m. press conference in Greendale.
Considering the hour, it was just ridiculous and probably taking the media for granted to call a press conference so late.
However, after hours of deliberation, the press conference was called off.
During the launch, there was a shortage of alcohol in the VIP section and other revelers were forced out of the barricade to buy and unfortunately they were not allowed back into the venue.
Additionally, there was only one mobile toilet for women and only one for men, which ended up not working properly, making it difficult for many to relieve themselves.