D’banj, Bebe Cool to perform at Beer Festival


NIGERIAN music icon D’banj (real name Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo) and Ugandan ragga musician Bebe Cool (real name Moses Ssali) will be the two international acts billed to perform at this year’s edition of the Lion Lager Summer Beer Festival.

Report by Melissa Mpofu

The annual festival will be held on October 26 at the Glamis Arena in Harare under the theme The Battle of Africa as it will feature West, East and Southern African artistes. This will be both artistes’ first time to perform in Zimbabwe. The event is organised by Delta Beverages.

The artistes who will perform with live bands are expected to jet into the country on October 24 and leave on October 28. Local artistes Winky D, Guspy Warrior, King Shaddy and DJ Rax have been lined up to share the stage with the international acts.

D’Banj, popularly known as The Kokomaster, will take over from another Nigerian group, P Square, which attracted a full house at the same event last year.

The Kokomaster is a familiar artiste to many Zimbabweans considering that some of his tracks such as Fall in love, Pop Something, Why Me, Mr Endowed, and Oliver Twist were popular in the country as they received massive airplay from local stations and rocked at night clubs.

Bebe Cool is popular in ragga and dancehall circles for his hit singles Coccidiosis, Fitina and Mambo Mingi. He has won several awards at the Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards) and was nominated for the Kora All-African Awards in 2003 and 2005.

Delta Beverages marketing manager Patricia Murambinda said the decision to bring in the two artistes was to spoil and reward their Lion Lager drinkers and buyers for their support.

“This year organisers did not choose the artistes, but the people of Zimbabwe voted for musicians they wanted to perform at the beer festival through a Lion Lager programme aired on local radio stations. D’banj and Bebe Cool had the highest votes so we decided to bring them to reward our loyal consumers,” she said.

She added that there would only be one festival in Harare this year as compared to other editions where they held another one in Bulawayo.

Delta Beverages has once more tasked the Harare International Festival of the Arts staff to organise the event on their behalf after they successfully organised last year’s edition.

This year will mark the fifth edition of the Beer Festival that has seen performances by Jamaica’s Beenie Man, Cocoa Tea, Fantan Mojah and P Square.


  1. Should have included more veterans and seasoned artists to perfom, vanamdara Tuku, Sulu. ZvimaNigerian musicians zvenyu izvi…

  2. Haaa manaija tanzwa nawo plz, dbanjo haana dhiri, vese nemufes weku UG, apa soo muchavhara pamidnight motanga kuti dzinga.. Tinouya hedu asi haa hatisi kufara nazvo

  3. ndiyaniko anombo sarudza ma artist aya…inga maimbo tipa maratsa zvakanaka…D banj we only knw 2 o 3 songs..Bebe ndiyani iyeye….
    Tichatoenda kunonzwa Big Mann zvedu ndivo vatori main act apo

  4. This seems like a great opportunity to see other musicians… International ones I mean… Music is an international language so even if we don’t know them but they get us rocking that’s great!! The age group that go to beerfest won’t get the veteran musicians… Lets face it the local line up of Dj Rax, Winky d,Guspy and King Shady command the biggest audiences in zim of the young generation… So if others want the chance they gotta top these guys… Cheap beer, African music and hopefully no rain on that day seems like a great night… Last year was properly organized thanx to the hifa team, and please can u give Dj Rax more time, last year his set was too short!!well done delta…. I have a confession….. I really am looking forward to your show

  5. Mellisa Mpofu, Coccidiosis is a desease, the song you want us to know is Kokodiosis. As if your journalism is not bad enough, you want us to believe that Bebe Cool is an international act?

  6. if u want your customers to decide itai poll kuma clubs n ur customers wl choose zvepa local radio many pple who wl vote wl b ma underage asinganwe beer < Believe Winky d shld close the show or kuimba b4 DBANJI we kuUganda shld b an opening act n plzzzz beer 50cents since u rewarding ur customers + siya HIFA havagone kuselector ma artist

  7. Bebe cool has alot of reagea music up2 standard other thn pickin’out”fitina”……..giv him platform n u won’t b disappointed ths am tellin’u

  8. ahaha…..honestly, am happy that d’banj is coming but also bebe cool has real raggea music, I was in Kenya for a while & his music is really good. we only have to wait.

  9. bebe cool is an international act. one of the top African talents ever. how u wrote only 3 songs, this a man with 12 albums, 6 of which all international acts with songs lyk double trouble, remember, born in Africa, kiss, maisha, fire anthem, list is endless. do your research right next time.

  10. Woowww.. this will be like watching a thriller movie. Dbanj will bring pomp to d stage but bebe cool will bring energy, versatility & non stop reggae & ragga. Thank God all artistes will travel with their bands. Bebe Cool’s band is unbeatable in East and Central Africa.

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