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South African artistes can’t have enough of Zimbabwe


It appears South Africans cannot have enough of Zimbabwe; or is it the big bucks that come with a Zimbabwean tour?


Whatever the case, it appears none of them can resist a Zimbabwean visit as Mafikizolo, who were in the country for a show on December 19 last year, are back in the country yet again this March.

This time it will be a double bill of Mzansi at the Harare International Conference Centre with songstress Zahara making the trip with the group.

Dubbed Zahara/Mafikizolo in Concert, the gig takes place on March 6 with the South Africans being supported by Jah Prayzah and Pah Chihera who has for some reason disappeared from the radar, except for the wedding gown pictures she posted on social media earlier this month, of course.

For Zahara, it may actually have been an extraordinarily long time since she came into the country after she had almost treated it as her second home and it should be a welcome development that she makes her debut tour this year in the very first quarter.

Yet in Mafikizolo’s case, the mention of their name arouses a cocktail of memories for many who may either have made it into the venue and others that completely failed to gain entrance when they expected to party the night away.

Others got squashed in the stampede at the entrance as many tried to get in without tickets.

But organisers of the show, Simmad Promotions, yesterday assured Zimbabweans that they would be safe this time at the forthcoming gig.

They apologised for the fiasco and promised to be more prepared this time around.

“We apologise for the chaos and inconveniences at the Mafikizolo show. Twice the expected number turned up and we were ill-prepared. We have learnt and we promise hassle-free entry as we are implementing measures to ensure that it happens as per plan,” said Simmad.

“Last time we had two, but ended up using one. This time around we are putting three for upstairs and three at the ground floor.

“We have trebled the number of entrances and we will be using electronic ticket checking and so no more ticket sales at the venue.”

Simmad have pegged the tickets at $15 and $25 for upstairs and downstairs respectively combining the VVIP and VIP sections.

They would be up to six entrances to ensure against stampede at the entrance.

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