BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
ORGANISERS of the much-hyped Mafikizolo Back in Town Concert, PromaEvents yesterday said everything was now in place ahead of the show set for this Friday at the Harare International Conference Centre.
The concert was initially slated for September 6, but following an outbreak of xenophobic attacks targeting foreigners in South Africa, the organisers, succumbed to pressure and cancelled the show amid widespread calls by local music fans to boycott the event.
Concert co-ordinator Blessing “Messina-Harare” Jeke yesterday, told NewsDay Life &Style that the Mafikizolo will touch down at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in the morning of the show.
“This is a show not to be missed as it has all the ingredients that unite music enthusiasts across age groups. Taking into consideration that fans have different tastes of music, our stellar line-up gives revellers real value for their money,” he said.
“When we were engaging local artistes who will share the stage with Mafikizolo, we had the girl child in mind as we always thrive to also promote the girl child in industry.”
Jeke said those who had purchased advance tickets for the cancelled show could still use them.
“We are also going to use the show as a campaign tool to denounce xenophobia where all the performing artistes will speak with one voice against xenophobia and hate speech through music,” he said.
A number of artistes across genres are billed to perform at the concert including rhumba outfit Diamond Musica, afro-jazz songstress Selmor Mtukudzi, pop singer Gemma Griffiths, Dendera ace Sulumani Chimbetu, afro singer Andy Muridzo, dancehall chanter Tocky Vibes and songbird Sasha Amadhuve.