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Unity gala livens up Gokwe centre


THOUSANDS of merrymakers who graced this year’s Unity gala held at Gokwe Centre were treated to a memorable time.

Report by Blessed Mhlanga/Tawanda Marwizi

Artists across genres took turns to entertain fans who had come from different parts of the cotton-farming town and beyond.
Some revellers told NewsDay that they had walked some 13km from Gwehava and Bomba, which is about seven kilometres from the centre, to attend the first ever Gala to be held in the midlands.

“My friend, we had no option, but to foot here from Bomba. We had to come and witness this event,” said one fan.

Some of the merrymakers got massively drunk in the early stages of the event and others spent the better part of the night lying dead drunk on the ground.

Commercial sex workers should have enjoyed brisk business during the night if the number of used condoms which were strewn around the place were anything to go by.

More than 20 artistes who took turns to entertain the crowds gave spirited performances, leaving people crying for more.
In the early hours of the night, different groups, including Guruve Arts Ensemble, Ndux Malax Junior and Chase Skuza, performed.

Mutare-based gospel singer Blessing Shumba left fans crying for more after he belted out songs from his previous albums.

Hama, Mabasa, Kurwa Kwakanaka were some of Shumba’s songs that send the crowd into frenzy.

Energy Mutodi failed to make a mark and was forced to remind the audience about his band members’ popular backgrounds in a bid to arouse nostalgic excitement.

Leonard Zhakata, who introduced himself with a song that discourages domestic violence, gave an electric performance.

The merrymakers were not deterred by some light showers in the early hours of Saturday as they danced to reggae artiste Jah Prayzah’s popular tunes. The dreadlocked musicians left fans in awe with an outstanding performance.

Gift Case Amuli warmed up the stage for the Dendera united which saw Tryson, Allan and Sulumani Chimbetu performing together.

Tryson took the stage first, sending fans into frenzy with the song Pane Asipo.

The young dendera icon introduced a new song Ndondo and a new dance chirauro leaving fans crying for more.

Though Sulu joined Tryson for a united front, he found the bar set by the Kumapako hitmaker too high.

Sulu then played his song Sean Timba which has been slammed with fears that it might insight violence to fans.

Sungura ace Alick Macheso gave a spirited performance and played songs from his new offering Kwatakabva Mitunhu and his yesteryear hits.

Peter Moyo and Sniper Storm sealed the event with spirited performances.

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