South African pop sensation Zahara is expected in Harare this afternoon ahead of her concert at Harare International Conference Centre tomorrow night.
Born Bulelwa Mkutukana, the musician is expected in the capital aboard a British Airways flight due to touch down at the Harare International Airport at 2pm.
The 24-year-old songstress, who shot to fame with her debut album Loliwe, is expected to be welcomed by officials from the South African Embassy, show organisers and fans.
In an interview with NewsDay, Max Mugaba of May 7 Entertainment, who are organising the show, said they had been approached by the South African Embassy and they were planning to host a welcome party for the musician.
“Details are still sketchy at the moment, but we are communicating with the embassy,” said Mugaba.
The Zahara show is set to be thrilling as she will be supported by an exciting line-up of local performers.
Chiwoniso Maraire, headlining the supporting acts, is a globally renowned performer with an accolades-filled cabinet. She possesses a superb voice and if anyone is looking forward to a special night then Maraire’s performance should not be missed.
Hope Masike is yet another sensational performer. The way she embraces the mbira instrument, fusing various sounds, is incomparable. She has practically risen from a mere budding artist to being a real force on the traditional fusions scene.
Then there is Diana Samkange, one of the few urban grooves musicians who have graduated into performing with live bands and blending their beats with popular genres.
She is a gifted singer who interestingly now plays the mbira too.
The supporting acts list also includes Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Victor Kunonga, Plaxedes Wenyika, Willis Wataffi and Mehluli Moyo.
Zahara will indeed come on to the stage to a warmed-up audience.
The talented Eastern Cape born singer and songwriter has taken South Africa’s music scene by storm with her 12-track album, Loliwe (“train” in the Xhosa language) with hit tracks, Loliwe a mid-tempo song which features former Big Brother Africa Housemate Luclay, and Lengoma which features her producer, DJ Sbu. Other tracks on the album are Umthwalo, Xa Bendingena Mama, Ndize, Inwad’encane, My Guitar, Thekwana, Away, Brand New Day and Shine.
The album, which went platinum, just 13 days after its release last year, is a mixture of neo-soul and Afro-pop sounds.
So far, Zahara, who is signed under TS Records, has scooped various awards, performed at international events and featured on Nhlanhla Nciza’s DVD.