Despite battling ill-health that has affected his live shows on several occasions, Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo is not looking back and has promised to release a new album soon.
“I am working on a new album which should be out by September and the main message will be peace and love,” said Dhewa after his performance at Jabula Inn in Esigodini on Sunday night.
The musician put up a spirited performance and played two tracks, Mira Newako and Konzi, from the upcoming album.
Dhewa went on stage just 30 minutes before midnight, to loud applause.
Clad in a black and red jacket and a white cap, Moyo got on stage and immediately launched into his trademark Sisi chant that was met with wild cheers.
While his band played an instrumental track, Dhewa called out names of the country’s popular soccer teams in honour of the teams’ supporters that were at the show.
His 10-member Utakataka Express band was energetic. They put up a polished performance, led by Dhewa who plays the lead guitar with expertise.
As was expected, the song Naye proved popular and his fans sang along. Occasionally, a fan jumped onto the stage, to display their dancing skills before being quickly whisked away by security personnel.
Before Dhewa performed, Rodrick Chemudhara also delivered a good performance.
At first, fans did not seem to appreciate his efforts until he invited veteran dancer and comedian Sinoya “Manyowa” Whiteman on stage.
Dressed in torn overalls, Manyowa soon became the centre of attraction, with some spectacular solo dance routines that left the audience in stitches.
He was financially rewarded by his fans who took turns to give him money on stage and he thanked them by performing more comic dances.
Chemudhara, who worked with John Chibadura for many years, played the late musician’s hits such as Rairai Vana and the reggae-inspired song, Zuva Rekufa Kwangu.
The show ran into the early hours of Monday morning, with fans enjoying every minute of it.