Peter thrills fans at gala

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Peter Moyo stole the show at the 21st February Movement Gala at Chipinge Primary School on Sunday morning with a brilliant performance that left the crowd asking for more.

The gala featured more than 30 musicians, but the young artist proved a cut above the rest and showed he has the talent to keep his father’s music alive.

Clad in white and red, Moyo went on stage after most musicians had performed and sent the crowd into a frenzy with songs like Nemumvura Mese and Naye.

His backing vocalists and dancers left lasting impressions with well-choreographed acts.
The gala, which lasted more than 15 hours, attracted thousands of music lovers from across Manicaland Province.

Big names like Alick Macheso, Nicholas Zakaria and Sulumani Chimbetu also lived to their billing.

Hard on Moyo’s heels was gospel musician Blessing Shumba, who put up a top drawer performance. Shumba, who comes from Mutare, led his group through a memorable act and got a well-deserved ovation. Fans sang along as the gospel musician churned out his popular songs.

The National Arts Merit Award winner proved why his latest release was voted album of the year. His confidence and selection of songs showed he has the potential to rock the gospel music scene with more hits.

Another gospel musician from Manicaland, Agatha Murudzwa, also did well while Mercy Mutsvene’s good performance testified that she is not a spent force yet. Mutsvene took fans through praise and worship with touching songs.

Leonard Zhakata, who came on stage around midnight, refreshed fans’ memories when he played some of his yesteryear hits that he spiced with new songs.

Fans also enjoyed Jah Prayzah’s performance when he played songs like Gochi Gochi and Sorry Mama while Tryson Chimbetu showed signs of maturity as he managed to respond to fans’ requests and put a commendable show.

Despite looking frail Progress Chipfumo, who recently fell ill, managed to keep fans on their feet throughout his performance.

Freddy “Kapfupi” Manjalima brought humour to the event with his comic act. Other good acts came from Jeys Marabini, First Farai and Iyasa.