THE year 2014 is now officially locked in memory and it was all cheers, hugs, kisses and fireworks everywhere for the last seconds and final countdown into 2015.
ANDREW MOYO RECENTLY in Victoria FALLS
For those who were fortunate to be at the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival, it was a night to remember as various artistes who included Intotal, Winky D, Oliver Mtukudzi, Beatenberg, Goldfish Live and Jason Leroux, among others, ushered in the New Year in style.
A light drizzle was the first highlight of the night, but even those wet weather conditions could not affect the crowd that was slowly gathering as Intotal got proceedings going with their soft, African jazzy sound.
The complimentary glow sticks that were being given out at the entrance created a riverside atmosphere as the view from afar looked like fireflies dancing the night away.
Winky D was the most energetic act of the night and he gave the crowd a taste of Zimdancehall at its best with a stunning performance that shook the arena and had people dancing, screaming, and whistling.
Dressed in red from top to bottom, the Ninja President, as Winky is commonly known, spit fire as he belted out old time and new hits to the pleasure of the crowd who could only manage to dance and sing along to familiar sounds with foreigners catching on real quick and joining in.
The legendary Tuku put on a classic display as he started off with tracks from the new album Mukombe Wemvura and then turned on the crowd with old time favourites.
With the misfortune of losing their lead singer after he lost his voice due to excessive touring, Beatenberg had to ditch their live set and instead did a DJ set.
The South African group did not disappoint and displayed their talent on the decks as they got the crowd grooving to their house hits.
The task of ushering the crowd into the New Year was left in the hands of South African electronica and dance group Goldfish, whose skill on the decks could not be matched on the night.
Playing their hits which included Moon Walk Away and Three Second Memory, among others. Their set was only affected by a heavy downpour which came during the early hours of the morning, sending the large part of the crowd scurrying for cover.
Jason Leroux then came on and Judgment Yard shutdown the party with a fusion of dancehall and hip hop hits.
In an interview with NewsDay just before their performance, Beatenberg’s Ross Dorkin said the group was thrilled to be performing in Zimbabwe for the first time despite missing their lead singer.
“Zimbabwe is a beautiful place and the crowd here is amazing, but unfortunately, we had to leave our lead singer at the hotel because he lost his voice and can’t even talk at the moment,” Dorkin said.