Sungura musicians Alick Macheso and Gift Amuli will this weekend take their acts regionally on separate tours.
Macheso travels to Namibia for two shows while Amuli goes to South Africa for three gigs.
Macheso will share the stage with renowned rhumba heavyweight Awilo Longomba. The duo is scheduled to perform in Windhoek on Friday before they rock Oshakate on Saturday.
Speaking before their departure to Windhoek, William Tsandukwa, Orchestra Mberikwazvo manager, said they were honoured to be called in to perform in Namibia.
“We last performed there close to four years ago and we are happy that we are going to quench the thirst of Zimbabwean music lovers in Namibia,” said Tsandukwa.
“There are many Zimbabweans in Namibia and I am sure they will have a great time when we perform for them.
“We are happy we have been given another chance to entertain them.”
This is Macheso’s fourth regional assignment this year following his two visits to South Africa and a recent tour of Mozambique.
The Windhoek and Oshakate shows are commemoration gigs for Jackson Kaujeua, a Namibian gospel singer who died last year.
According to Wikipedia, Kaujeua died after suffering from a kidney disorder. He had lived poor and died poor.
He was formally unemployed for most of his life, living off his performances and royalties.
For Amuli, the tour across the Limpopo River will be one of his numerous visits to SA.
This time he takes with him talented dance troupe Girls of Peace to meet their South African counterpart Allen Ndoda.
Tomorrow they perform at Safari Hotel in Johannesburg while on Saturday they perform at Rustenburg before rounding off the tour with a family show on Sunday.
Amuli said he had prepared an exciting act for his SA fans.
“We have performed in South Africa before and our tours have been successful. This time we promise our fans a bigger show when we introduce our new album to them,” said Amuli.
His new album Machena is doing very well on local charts.
The Wamatuka hitmaker went on a countrywide tour recently to take his album to his fans.
“The album has been received well and we have to complement it with live shows. Some of our fans in South Africa that have listened to the album were calling for our shows and we hope this will go a long way in serving their needs,” said Amuli.