IT will be a rare fete at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex as the cream of local musicians clash in the Xmas Fest tonight.
Superstar Oliver Mtukudzi leads a line-up of Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Douglas Chimbetu and mbira outfit Madhonza Makuru into the giant venue for what is expected to be this weekend’s thriller.
Often regarded as Macheso’s backyard, the complex is a favourite for the artiste who last year moved out of the sprawling town to Waterfalls.
In recent times Macheso has somewhat been reduced to an ordinary performer scrounging for an audience with the younger generation of performers.
Yet he is still resilient and has shown on numerous occasions that he still has a place at the top.
But it is the sense of belonging that should provide comfort for the eccentric bassist as has always been the case.
Jah Prayzah has not performed many a times at the venue and that alone should make the gig special.
He is also a tried-and-tested entertainer who can ruffle feathers with anyone.
Delving into expectations from Tuku will simply do disservice to his followers.
The man has decades of experience in the studio and the stage as well as at home and abroad.
It is, however, Chimbetu and Madhonza Makuru who find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
By any measure, the venue and the crowd should be intimidating enough for artistes who fit into the novice category at this juncture.
On the contrary, however, such artistes have in some instances stolen the spark as Chimbetu attests.
“As small artistes, we are often overshadowed, but you will find out that whenever we perform at events like the one tomorrow (today) audiences get shocked. In a nutshell, people just have to come and see what we are made of,” said Chimbetu.