Veteran sungura musician Cephas Mashakada will take a rare long drive down to Esigodini for a show at Jabula Inn next month.
The musician has been touring several towns across the country but he last performed in Matabelaland a long time ago.
“It has been a long time since we performed in Matabeleland. We have decided to take this long drive in honour of our fans who have not seen us in action for a long time,” said Mashakada.
Apart from his string of hits that include Basa Ndasiya Ndapedza, Samson, Kurara Hope and Vadzidzi Vangu, Mashakada promised to perform songs from his latest album Ndine Mubvunzo.
“The album carries gospel and sungura tracks. It has been well-received at our live shows and we are taking the songs to our Esigodini fans for the first time. It will be their chance to see us performing the songs live and I hope they will enjoy it,” he said.
The dreadlocked musician, who faced financial problems two years ago and had to appeal for assistance from well-wishers so that he could purchase a new artificial limb, said things were in order in his band and he is prepared to deliver a memorable performance.
The musician’s leg was amputated in 2006 after he was diagnosed with diabetes.
Jabula Inn director Joram Moyo said the place always organises massive music gigs every month and March 4 would be a special day since Mashakada had not performed in the province for a long time.
“Others who have performed here include Tongai Moyo, Alick Macheso, Nicholas Zacharia, Mokis Connection and South Africa-based Ndolwane Super Sounds,” said Moyo.
He said Jabula Inn, which is very popular with revellers from Bulawayo, seeks to bring entertainment to peri-urban areas.
The venue has breathed life to the laid-back town.
“We have to ensure that we encourage people to spend more time and money in peri-urban establishments as that would promote development of those areas,” he said.