IT was a thrilling evening of dance and celebration at the Book Café on Thursday night as songbirds Cindy Munyavi and Claire Nyakujara took to stage at the second edition of the Kumabhebhi concert.
Report by Tinashe Sibanda
Running under the theme “Bringing Back Sexy”, the evening was filled with excitement. Award-winning urban grooves artiste Cindy took to the stage first in a tiny black outfit that shaped her feminine curves as she dished out some famous international tracks and her own compositions.
Hande, Ndidzorere Moyo Wangu and Ndini Ndinaye were some of the songs she performed from her forthcoming album. She also performed songs from her previous album including Waenda and Nerudo in addition to performing an exciting rendition of Spare Wheel which was originally done by the late Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu.
Soon after Cindy’s exciting performance the evening’s surprise host, female bassist Edith Katiji aka Edith WeUtonga gave the audiences a feel of her talent. She was joined on stage by acclaimed poet Chirikure Chirikure who left the audiences in stitches after a humorous poem before paving the way for a jazzy finish by Nyakujara.
Jabulani by PJ Powers, Knocking on Heaven’s Doors by Randy Crawford and I Just don’t Wanna Be lonely by Regina Bell were her introductory songs. Nyakujara’s stylish dreadlocks, tiny black outfit, blood red lipstick and simple silver tennis shoes were enough to draw maximum attention.
It was clear that both ladies are two powerful forces to reckon with in their respective musical genres and somehow they managed to pull through using the same backing vocalist in their separate performances.
Nyakujara dished out some of her soothing tracks including Zvandaona and Haudineyi which got people clapping and dancing to her captivating act.
Kessia Magosha, who was among the audience, clad in printed black tights, black woolen top and figure belt, also gave the audience a rare spectacle dancing as if it were her own show. She drew so much attention with her rhumba moves and at one point she was called up the stage to join the performers.
Kumabhebhi is a classy and decent event where professionals and socialites meet to party with the ladies. It is a platform for female artistes to empower themselves instead of waiting for their male counterparts or promoters to do it for them.