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Revellers experience a touch of class

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Jamaican dancehall quad Touch of Klass (T.O.K) thrilled a sizeable crowd at the annual Tourism Night music extravaganza held at the Harare International Conference Centre on Tuesday night.

The event, which started in the evening, was diversified, with musicians drawn from various genres, including Cindy Munyavi, Xtra Large, Leonard Mapfumo, King Shaddy and Ex-q, who gave a good account of themselves, often getting revellers off their seats.

Ex-q was undoubtedly the man of the night as he kept the ladies screaming and singing along to his hit tracks, Hawuchambondifoneri, Mazirudo and Mo Spakirwa.

Charles Charamba and Fishers of Men is arrival on stage did not go down well with the revellers who were probably down for “worldly” vibes as their fun was probably out of sync with anything spiritual. Some started trickling out of the venue in apparent protest.

Energetic T.O.K, made up of Alistaire McCalla, Roshaun Clarke, Craig Thompson and Xavier Davidson, gave a top draw performance, together with the six-piece Live Wyya Band and one would have sworn the HICC was going to collapse.

Their connection with the audience was brilliant as they gave the live feel of their hit tracks such as Girl You are Lead, Eagles Cry and Footprints before doing equally good cover versions of internationally acclaimed artists like Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car and Wayne Wonder’s No Letting Go.

The two groups T.O.K and Live Wyya caused fireworks of joy, dance and excitement in the auditorium that their fans could not help but dance their night away as the show ended yesterday morning.

Live Wyya Band manager, Copeland Forbes said it was their pleasure to come to perform in the country.

“It is our pleasure to come to Zimbabwe for a performance and we are here to bring people together through music,” said Forbes.

The Tourism Night is one of Zimbabwe’s biggest music extravaganzas hosted every year by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) during the Sanganai/Hlanganani Travel Expo but this year’s edition was held separately from the travel expo, held in October.

Over the years, acts such as Ringo Madlingozi (RSA), Djouna the Big One, Awilo Longomba’s brother and dance group have performed at the Tourism Night with Nigerian actors, Ejike Asiegbu and Chinedu Ikedieze making surprise appearances.

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