IT WAS an ecstatic affair at Belgravia Sports Club when South African pop group performed before a sizeable Harare crowd.
Although the show started off later than scheduled, it appears the local supporting acts were up to the game and entertained revellers with equally exciting sets.
First on stage was Tehn Diamond accompanied by Junior Brown and they seemed to have done their homework.
After the duo’s stint it was time for Sniper Storm, who was determined to prove his mettle with a fusion of his old and new hits.
After Sniper came Ba Shupi with highlights of his set that was due the following day.
It became the crowning moment when Mafikizolo finally stepped on stage a few minutes before midnight and the colourful crowd responded in similar fashion.
Fans were disappointed as the pop group played for just over an hour.
Harare audiences are used to all-night gigs rather than five-hour concerts.
One of the organisers of the show Chido Musasiwa said they were trying to instil a new culture.
“This is something new that we are trying to introduce and all our gigs are going to end at 12:30am latest. We intend to afford fans the chance to mix and mingle with artistes at the after-party as well as giving the artistes time to relax and get a feel of our night life in Harare,” Musasiwa said.
Musasiwa, however, showered praises on local artistes and said Mafikizolo was just a bonus as the supporting acts had done a solid job.
Another of the organisers Lyndon Kapuya said they were happy with the performance describing it as consummate and professional.
On the contrary another South African Loyiso Bala performed before a nearly empty venue on Saturday.
The Family Fun which the gospel artiste headlined was poorly attended.
Less than 50 people were at the venue to see the gospel star perform. Show organisers were forced to make the show free just before Bala performed to attract a bigger crowd, but the efforts were in vain.
The musician, however, staged a remarkable performance that after his last song the crowd called him back on stage.
Other musicians who performed include Ba Shupi, Arundel Choir, Prayersoul Mtungamiri and Jah Prayzah.