Unity Splash set for The Basement


An irresistible entertainment package has been put together to entertain reggae lovers in commemoration of the Unity Day celebrations in an annual event that will be held at one of the city’s rocking clubs, The Basement.

Featuring some of Zimbabwe’s top reggae outfits and icons, the event is a two-day festival slated to begin today and end on Thursday, running under the theme “Unity Splash, One Zimbabwe and One Love”.

Transit Crew reggae band will battle it out with Mr Muffin – one of Zimbabwe’s prominent selectors and original members of Startime Super Power outfit who brought dancehall music uptown.

Having spent five years in South Africa, Mr Muffin is now back in the country and ready to get things rolling again.

Mr Muffin has a reputable curriculum vitae, having popularised reggae music working alongside the likes of the late Bill “Jah B” Sinclair of Stereo One International.

Muffin is also one of the founders of Cruxial Mix, a versatile and conscious reggae crew which included the likes of Trevor “Ras Jabu” Hall, eminent and pioneer dancehall artists Major E, Booker T and Jah Son.

To date he has had the privilege of performing alongside the likes of acclaimed Jamaican artist Buju Banton in Zimbabwe at a show held at Meikles Hotel in 1998.

One of the leading female dancehall artists, Lady Thanda, and Ras Jabu will also be part of the exciting line-up.

This line-up is set to wow the crowds during this two-day festival, selecting some of the old- time and latest dancehall music alongside the contemporary sound system crews Redemption Sound and Ultra-Sonic Sound.

In an interview with NewsDay, The Basement Crew, organisers of the show, said: “Unity Day is one of the annual events that we have in the past organised to bring together local artists and icons, who have supported the growth of reggae music in the country.

“Most importantly, this is the event where we get to celebrate Unity Day as citizens of Zimbabwe. Remember, united we stand and divided we fall.”

Transit Crew will have a point to prove after emerging favourites when they performed during the same festival last year.

They definitely have new offerings on stage following the recent announcement that one of their lead vocalists, Emmanuel “Mannex” Motsi, had quit to pursue solo projects.

“Last year’s commemorations were a success and we are calling on all reggae lovers to come, celebrate Unity Day with us and support the artists set to perform at this festival,” said the organisers.
Tickets for the gig will be available at the gate.