MUTARE Music Festival roars into life today with sungura ace Alick Macheso, Leonard Zhakata, Hosiah Chipanga, Sulumani Chimbetu and Peter Moyo clashing at Pick ‘n’ Save.
Report by Entertainment Reporters
Tomorrow morning, musicians will temporarily exchange their musical kits for soccer boots when they play football legends at Sakubva Stadium.
After the match, Jah Prayzah will perform alongside Freeman, Jusa Mupositori, Sniper, Winky D and Guspy Warrior at the same venue.
On Sunday, there will be a family show that will see Blessing Shumba, Matheus Mhere, Charles Charamba and Agatha Murudzwa performing.
Patson Chimbodza, who is organising the festival, yesterday said all was set for the event.
He said the main focus would be on the social soccer match.
Peter Moyo, who was crowned man-of-the-match at this year’s Harare edition of the social event, told NewsDay that they would put their maximum effort in the game.
“I am sure this one is going to be a big match because in the past we used to come into the stadium without training and that made it difficult for us to make good combinations.
This year we have managed to have training sessions and we are prepared for the match,” Moyo said.
Charamba, who will be in charge of the team, said the soccer legends should seriously prepare for the match.
“This match will be totally different from the previous ones because we have managed to form a good team,” Charamba said.
Chipanga was also bullish, saying that they had equal chances to beat the legends.
“They have since retired from playing soccer and we are the new kids on the block. We want to beat them at all costs because some of the musicians also played soccer at some stage,” he said.
His counterpart, Shumba, was confident that this time around they would play their cards right.
“The last time we met, the match ended in a draw and the good thing is that our type of play has improved. I believe if we continue to play like that then we are going to win the match,” Shumba said.
Former national team goalkeeper Gift Muzadzi said fans should expect a good game from the legends.
“As usual, we want to give the fans something to cheer and we want to entertain them with good football and hopefully win the match,” Muzadzi said.
Pick ‘n’ Save owner Esau Mupfumi said they were happy to host the festival for the first time.
“All is set for the festivities and we are happy to be hosting the big event,” Mupfumi said.