Zimbabwe marks independence in style

The concert brought musicians from across genre divides and also featured Ndilimani Cultural Troupe from Namibia. The visiting group shook the auditorium through its energetic dances and induced a revolutionary spirit through a rendition of revolutionary songs from across the region. The kwasa kwasa dances will undoubtedly remain etched in the minds of many for some time. Amon Mvula who was expected to come from South Africa did not turn up after he failed to reach a final agreement with the organisers who said the musician had made unrealistic demands. Outstanding musicians in the concert were Hosiah Chipanga, Cephas Mashakada and Tongai Moyo. Chipanga set the auditorium alight with new song Gushungo Havana Mhosva, which takes a swipe at corrupt individuals who trigger blame for the government. Other musicians who performed include Nicholas Zacharia, Tanga Wekwa Sando, Alick Macheso, Fungisai Zvakavapano and Mechanic Manyeruke No Parking shoots videos Zambia’s No Parking Band has finished shooting five videos of songs from their album Judgement Day. The video album is expected on the international market soon. The album is promising to be a thriller since songs Laka and Zambia ili che have already began receiving massive air play on Muvi TV and would soon be on MTV and Channel O. A spokesperson for the band said they were now putting final touches to the remaining three songs of the album. The group has been popular especially with its live show antics. The latest album has songs like Laka, Mumba yoyo Remix and Zambia ili che which have been very popular with fans. Rozalla Miller’s return Zambia-born Zimbabwean national, Rozalla Miller, last week staged a homecoming show alongside Maureen Lilanda in Zambia. The United Kingdom-based musician showed that she is still a force to reckon with as she kept audiences on their feet throughout the early hours of the day. She came to the stage at around midnight after performances from Lilanda and Rusike Brothers from Zimbabwe. Lilanda had faithfully kept the audience entertained while the Rusike Brothers had belted some famous golden oldies that had the revellers dancing the night away. Maureen, a former cabaret artiste, showed why she is one of the most popular local musicians when she did near-perfect renditions of some smooth tracks as the dinners had their meals. Tracks like You are My Sweetie, What can I do and Holiday Maureen’s own compositions Oliye and Mumba injected frenzy into the crowd. An hour before midnight, the Rusike Brothers took over the stage and displayed great mastery with the instruments. After performing a few tracks, the Rusike Brothers, who performed with Rozalla before she hit international fame played tracks like Stand by Me and Oh What a Night before inviting Rozalla onto the stage. The songbird with the backing of her sister Laura, kicked off the show with a continuation of the oldies and then moved to some of the songs that shot her to fame such as ‘Everybody’s Free to Feel Good’ and ‘Ready to Fly’. Music battle: Bots vs Zim Alick Macheso of Zimbabwe and Botswana’s Jeff Matheatau lock horns in two-legged tours of Botswana and Zimbabwe. Macheso is the leading sungura musician in Zimbabwe while Matheatau is among the best kwasa kwasa musicians in Botswana. The two musicians clash in Zimbabwe at the Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex on April 28 and Masvingo’s Mucheke Stadium the following day. They pack their bags to head for Francistown on April 30 and Gaborone on May 1. The tour will see both artists seeking to establish fan bases in foreign countries. Macheso is yet to establish his fan base in Botswana while Jeff still has to make a mark in Zimbabwe. The only Botswana musician who has garnered a level of popularity in Zimbabwe is Vee who made a breakthrough with song Taku Taku. Recently, Vee indicated that he wanted to record a duet with Macheso as a way of widening his fan base in the country. But Jeff has a lot to do a lot to conquer Zimbabwe as he has to match Macheso’s high standards in the country. The rhumba maestro said he has shared stage with top rhumba artistes like Koffi Olomide and Extra Musica as well as Zimbabwe’s own Tongai Moyo. He has four albums up his sleeves including Garass Pampiri, an old folklore song and the latest smash hit called Ditshepe that features eight tracks. Macheso is enjoying unparalleled support throughout the country because of his superb live performances. His fancy footwork earned him a huge following. The Razor wire dance, he invented and perfected has also taken the entertainment scene by storm.

April 2006
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