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All set for Vic Falls Carnival


ALL is set for the Jameson Victoria Falls Carnival in the resort town from December 29 to 31.

Melissa Mpofu

Over 10 rock, pop, Afro-fusion, and ragga music bands and DJs from the Southern African region are expected to descend on the resort town on Sunday for performances at the three-day New Year extravaganza.

Emmanuel Tivatyi, one of the organisers of the event said the carnival fun would start on Sunday evening with a bush party where people will embark on a journey with a vintage steam train that will transport them back in time. On their way to the venue, they will be jamming on-board to the new age sound of the supremely talented Vic Falls DJ Francis.

The carnival ride will rush through the Victoria Falls National Park – where buffalo, rhinos and elephants roam freely. The steam train will take them to a secret location, deep in the African bush. Upon arrival at the venue, people will disembark to enjoy a five-hour jam session with some of Zimbabwe and South Africa’s most talented mixers until the sun sets.

The line-up will feature DJs Francis, AceDaBass (Malaysia), Raydizz & Rax (Zimbabwe), Liver (South Africa), and Cmbaville (Zimbabwe).
On Monday, December 30, the raging and rumbling of the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival will come to life at the central location of the Vic Falls Farm School. Salsa dancers, fire jugglers, stilt walkers, contortionists and many others will set the scene for day two of the carnival.

“This day will delight, excite and ignite an uncontainable energy for over 5 000 attendees to usher in the New Year,” said Tivatyi.
It will not be a carnival if people do not dress up in funky outfits as carnivals are a public celebration combining elements of a circus marking an overturning of daily life. So on this day, carnivalistas will be expected to dress for the occasion in bright vibrant colours, adventurous outfits and crazy creations.

The main stage will rock out all night long with world class headliners including Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), ISO (South Africa), Liver, Chris Taylor (South Africa), Evicted (Zimbabwe), Just Jinjer (South Africa), Ryan Dent (South Africa), Craig Massiv (South Africa) and December Streets (South Africa).

For the last night of 2013 and the first day of 2014, organisers have guaranteed revellers a party never to forget.

“On the last day of the carnival, people will have a once in a lifetime New Year’s countdown experience at one of the Seven Wonders of the World amidst the “Smoke that Thunders” with mind-bending acts and a phenomenal line-up.

“The Carnival atmosphere will intensify with bigger, louder and crazier performances. The original pop EDM super sound that is Flash Republic will make sure carnivalista’s final hour of 2013 is explosive and the kicking African,” said Tivatyi.

Chikwata 263 (Zimbabwe), Shortstraw (South Africa), Jeremy Loops (South Africa), Mampi (Zambia), Flash Republic, Jason Le Roux, Judgement Yard (Zimbabwe), DJ Cmbaville will set the tone for the New Year.

Tivatyi said this year’s festival would be bigger and better than last year’s event, which was the inaugural event.

“This year’s festival will be the biggest to be staged at the iconic Vic Falls. People attending the event should expect bigger artistes and more adrenaline than ever before with the most adventurous countdown on Earth to 2014!”

All tickets for the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival are available through Webticket and Love for Africa. Tickets have been pegged at $45 for a single day entry, $55 for a two-day pass, $80 for a three-day pass and $70 for a single day VIP pass.

This will be the second carnival to be held in the country this year after the successful inaugural Zimbabwe International carnival which was held in Harare in May.

Tourists from all over Southern Africa and the globe are expected to descend upon the mighty Victoria Falls for New Year’s celebration, which like last year, is likely to be the end-of-year highlight in entertainment circles.

In Bulawayo, party lovers will crossover into the New Year in style with South Africa’s man-of-the-moment, DJ Ganyani who will be on the turntables at the Woza 2014 gig being held at Queen’s Sports grounds on December 31.

Ganyani, famed for the hit track Xigubhu which topped the charts for the better part of the year, will headline this year’s Bohlingers shutdown party also known as the Bohlingers Tight Party.

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