IN what could be Harare’s best gig so far, revellers turned up in their thousands for the annual Tourism Night held at Gwanzura Stadium in Highfield on Saturday night.
By Entertainment Reporters
The all-night music fiesta was after the launch of Township Tourism earlier on the day had been threatened by light showers, but that could not deter the multitudes that were already filling up the stadium.
Mbare Chimurenga Choir, who were on stage at the time, managed to keep the audience in the stadium excited with their energetic dances.
It was a tough day for security to control the masses that thronged the event, as various vices took their toll.
Some turned condoms into balloons, while a skimpily-dressed woman found herself at the mercy of rogue revellers who left her stark naked, resulting in the arrest of one of the culprits.
On the stage performers strove to claim supremacy save for “birthday boy” Oliver Mtukudzi who was given a surprisingly cold shoulder by the crowd towards the end of his set.
Congolese artiste Bill Clinton had a poor day in the office, but survived thanks to his captivating choreography.
Chanter Winky D put up a stellar show and had the whole stadium singing along to his popular hits.
When Sulumani Chimbetu came on stage, it was evident the climax had come with the dendera exponent exhibiting some prime choreography.
Dancer Francis Dhaka, aka “Franco Slomo”, thrilled fans as he mimicked fellow musicians’ dances and movements.
Slomo’s high was when he “impersonated” his former boss Alick Macheso leaving the crowd in stitches. Even Slomo himself could not hold back the laughter as he shut down Sulu’s set.
During the change-over, people started throwing missiles, When Macheso’s time finally came, his set was equally laden with surprises as he appeared to be on a mission to prove a point to the audience. He took the opportunity to reunite with erstwhile dancer Peter Kagomera, after he had highlighted that God would not forgive the young man.
“I am happy that mudhara (Macheso) has agreed to take me back because I was about to join my friends in the streets,” said Kagomera after his brief performance.
The musician performed one song from his coming album and left fans crying for more.
Other artistes who performed on the day included the Charambas, Iyasa, Mbira DzeNharira and Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave, among others.