South African master of song Dan Tshanda put up a spirited performance at Hartsfield sports ground late last week, confirming his status as one of the most prolific artists in South Africa on Thursday.
He got off to a rousing welcome in the wee hours after many had thought he had reneged on his promise to rock up for the show.
Flanked by three skimpily dressed female dancers, Tshanda proved that he is definitely not a fly-by-night performer.
Delivering hit after hit, punctuated by chants of “Highlanders”, the star proved that not only could he belt out songs, but was also in touch with Bulawayo’s landscape.
Earlier, Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo had entertained the large throng with his five elegantly dressed male dancers. Their performance was immaculate, the dances beautifully choreographed to the guitar work, the voclas and displaying mastery of the stage.
Dhewa also sang many of his hits but the best came when his fans, after hours of non-stop dancing, started to chant in unison; “Dhewa ndiMambo” (Dhewa is King). One could clearly see the excitement on the musician’s face. It was largely an incident-free show, with tight security.
Although the sound system was good, the only letdown was that the stage was not covered save for a protruding metal structure. Tshanda’s group, Matshikos, performed before him, rocking the crowd.
Word started spreading fast that the master of song was not around, until at one point with most of the audience now impatient, Tshanda appeared almost from the blue, sending his weary fans into a frenzy.
He immediately launched into song, occasionally stopping the music to say how much he loved Bulawayo and Zimbabwe and that he would always come to perform for his fans.
After his performance, around 7am, he was thronged by a large crowd who jostled to shake his hand and wish him well.
His security personnel allowed the people to talk to him, including a number of women who were obviously out to get his personal attention.
“I am thrilled to be in Bulawayo and see this kind of support for my music,” he said in an interview with NewsDay after leaving the stage.