JAMAICAN musician Clifton George Bailey, popularly known as Capleton, gave an electrifying performance at the City Sports Centre on Saturday.
Report by Tawanda Marwizi
The reggae and dancehall artist treated more than 4 000 music lovers to a five-star performance.
Clad in an all-white suit with colourful Rastafarian badges, Capleton took to the stage at around 1.30am and belted some of his popular hits.
Security details had to use force on overzealous fans who wanted to come close to the fireman, as he is popularly known on stage, but the musician discouraged them from restraining audiences.
“Officers, leave the people alone and let them have the time of their lives,” Capleton shouted, triggering the whole auditorium into wild cheers.
Thousands of merrymakers could not stop dancing as the artiste belted out hits including Follow Me, Fire Fire and More Prophet among some of his riddims.
People sang along to most of the songs throughout the Jamaican artist’s performance that ended at around 3am. Local artists had earlier warmed the stage with sterling performances. Brenda Bechani, known as Lady Bee, took the stage first and sang hits like Baby Boy and Chigwishu.
“I was happy with my performance. Sharing the stage with Capleton gave me a chance to show people the clear picture of who Lady Bee really is,” she said after her performance.
Fans were expecting to see how erstwhile enemies Winky D and Sniper Storm would relate on stage, but their slots were far apart. Sniper Storm stormed the stage in his usual military regalia.
Accompanied by a brass band, Sniper Storm saluted the fans before performing songs including Kubhinya, Musikana Harowe, Love Yemusoja and Mwari Ndibatsirei.
Winky D managed to reach for the high bar that Sniper Storm had set. Winky D came on stage amid a thunderous applause from the audience and delivered a first class act. Clad in his usual ninja suit, Bigman, as Winky D is popularly known by his legion of fans, played most of his hits like Swagga Muchando, Tapinda Musummer (his latest offering) and Sando Dzangu among others.
Red Rose Entertainment, organisers of the show, said they were happy with artistes’ performances and audience response, describing the show as a successful event.