Green Concert show lives to its billing

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THE Harare edition of the Green Concert held at 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale on Friday lived to its billing with top artistes putting sterling performances.

WINSTONE ANTONIO
OWN CORRESPONDENT

South African songstress Zahara, who was the main act at the show performing with her live band, was a marvel to watch during her two-hour performance.

The Loliwe singer went on stage around 11pm and before her performance she took time to narrate her life history where she said she was raised in a two-roomed shack.

She explained how hard it is to be homeless apparently in line with the theme of the show Remembering Tokwe-Mukorsi — One Environmental Family.

She opened her performance with a song called I will rise again which she dedicated to the Tokwe-Mukorsi flood victims.

She went on to perform songs like Lengoma, Umthwalo, Incwadi Encane, Thekwane, Loliwe and Phendula communicating well with the audience.

During her performance guests, among them Patrick Zhuwao, Ace Lumumba and Environment, Water and Climate minister Saviour Kasukuwere among other officials could be seen dancing.

It was when Zahara performed Brenda Fassie’s song Promises and Lies that saw almost everyone on the front row where some VIP guest were sitting standing up to dance.

Local acts who shared the stage with Zahara who included Dereck Mpofu, Cynthia Mare, Tanga WekwaSando, Raster Kerab and Ba Shupi were not outclassed as they also thrilled the audience with stellar performances.

During the intervals, revellers were kept in stitches with hilarious jokes from comedian of the moment Uncle Ritchie (real name Richard Matimba) the man behind Zvinombonyatsofamba Sei and ZimAsset jests.

Goodwill Ambassador for the Water Conservation and Zero Littering Campaign Dereck Mpofu, who is the organiser of the event, applauded partners that made success.

“This show could not be a success without partners who come on board to join hands for a well-supported event,” Mpofu said.

He, however, said Zahara will no longer tour Chingwizi due to time constraints.

Mpofu said they will go ahead with the script and do the donation on May 16.

After the Harare show, Zahara travelled to Bulawayo for another show at the Amphitheatre.

The concert, which serves as an environmental awareness campaign through music, dance and song, was held under the theme Remembering Tokwe-Mukorsi — One Environmental Family.

Meanwhile, Zahara and her band spent about two hours at the Harare International Airport upon arrival on Friday afternoon as concert organisers failed to produce a temporary import permit for her instruments.

Their instruments were later cleared after paying deposit fees after officials from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate had intervened.

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