We mean serious business: Tony Rebel

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JAMAICAN musician Tony Rebel has reportedly refused to confine his interaction with local artists to reggae and dancehall musicians.

Report by Entertainment Reporters

The artiste who is in the country for the Shoko Festival performs at the Chiwoniso Maraire stage tonight.

Shoko Festival spokesperson Tafadzwa Sharaunga yesterday said they had been trying to link up Tony Rebel with local reggae and ragga artists but his manager said they had other plans.

“He told me that they intended to get music to the people. He made it clear that they were not here to interact with reggae and ragga artistes only, but had come for serious music business,” said Sharaunga.

“The manager also told me that they were working hard and the musician would play 19 tracks during his slot.”

As if to confirm the seriousness of his business here, Tony Rebel had to cancel a Press conference yesterday due to a busy rehearsal schedule.

Tony Rebel, who arrived in the country on Wednesday afternoon said he felt “blessed to be in Zimbabwe”.

Meanwhile, comedians took a swipe at local and international politicians during the Shoko Festival Comedy Night on Wednesday.

The show, which was staged at the festival’s Julius Chingono stage saw Zambezi News coming first on stage.

The comic news presentation show which features Samm “Cde Fatso”’ Monro, Michael Kudakwashe and Lesley “Outspoken” Makawa took a ride on the harmonised elections, the voter registration process and how dead people can never be removed from the voter’s role because “we respect the dead”.

Simba “The Comic King” Kakora was next on stage. He also took a swipe on presidential candidate Kissnote Mukwazhi of the Zimbabwe Development Party.
Carl Joshua Ncube managed to live up to his billing.

His joke that suggested that America is wasteful because it has had over 40 presidents since independence, while Zimbabwe keeps on recycling the same person left the crowd in stitches.

On his first visit to Zimbabwe, South African comedian Kagiso Lediga also focused on Zimbabwe politics.

“Our leaders get terms but yours have expiry dates,” he said. He also took a swipe on Julius Malema for his outbursts, while the iconic Nelson Mandela was not immune to the comedian’s punch lines.

The last act of the night South Africa’s Tumi Morake stood well against her male counterparts being the only woman on the line up.

She gave her audience a well-deserved wrap-off.