Thursday, 7 November 2013

The "batai munhu" twin-gun in separate SA shows

THE Batai Munhu combination of Sulumani Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah invades Mzansi this weekend to hold separate shows in Johannesburg and Pretoria respectively.

The musicians will take turns to perform at two of the venues in Germistown and Johannesburg.

Sulu performs at Safari Hotel International in Jo’burg tomorrow, while Jah Prayzah performs at the same venue on Saturday.

This comes after Jah Prayzah’s performance at The Sports Palace tomorrow where Sulu will also be on stage the following day.

Tomorrow Sulu travels to Soshanguve for a show at Kopanong Hall while Jah Prayzah ends his tour at Diepsloot Community Youth Centre on Sunday.

Given the background of local acts that have flopped in South Africa, the weekend venture could be disastrous.

Both Sulu and Jah Prayzah have struggled to maintain their following due to lack of new content.

A joint tour would have been favourable.

But Joe Nyamungoma, Sulu’s publicist feels the promoters have done their homework.

“We tried to have the two respective promoters working together, but it appears they are determined to go it separately,” Nyamungoma said.

 The last time Sulu performed on the other side of the Limpopo there were reports of violence at his Pretoria show and Nyamungoma said the promoters have made the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and safe tour. This will be the first time for Jah Prayzah to perform in South Africa.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

More Love Reggae Bash Flops

JAMAICAN artists, Kingly T and Wildlife, failed to live up to their billing at the Nelson Mandela Hall at the Exhibition Park, Harare on Friday night.

The event was a hive of disorder as the show was delayed by over three hours.

The only significant crowd that was observed was that of officials wearing blue and gold wrist bands which were made up for artists, media and event staff.

Jah Warrior, the first act to hit the stage only started performing at around 11pm in front of an uninspiring small crowd.

Until 3am the main acts had not come to perform.

Local artists who were billed to support the Jamaican artists such as Mannex, Transit Crew and DJ Tach were seen roaming the venue seemingly admiring the empty spaces.

The emptiness of the venue however, did not deter artists from performing with Mannex and Transit Crew keyboardist Bla Liba mentioning they meant business even in such unpleasant circumstances.

Mannex said: “Although there are few people, we are out here to work and have fun and that’s what we will do.”

In another show held in the capital on Friday, local dancehall musicians Shinsoman, Sniper Storm, King Shady and Winky D performed for thousands of University of Zimbabwe students at the Lion Lager Beer Festival Campus Nite Activation parties’ finale held at the Harare Gardens.

Though well attended the show had its own shortfalls among them a terrible performance by Shinsoman, who opened the show.

The Mawaya-waya hit maker found the going tough and his use of backtracks did not save the situation as he ended up facing the wrath of revellers who threw missiles onto the stage as well as pouring him with beer.

Killa T appeared to have saved the day when he came to collaborate with Shinsoman receiving wild cheers.

King Shady, who came second backed by a live band, however, thrilled reggae fans with songs such as Tsoka YaDanmore, Vadzimu Woye, Letter to Mai Huni and his latest hit Machirachete.

Sniper with his Masoja Band had a splendid set, but reaffirmed his beef with fellow dancehall musician Winky D, who later came on stage sending the crowd into frenzy.

Meanwhile, the October World Music Festival came to life on Friday night with Sulumani Chimbetu staging at Book Café and at Mega 2 in Hatfield.

A wide array of artists among them children of legends in local music Biggie Tembo Jnr, Gary Tight and Selmor Mtukudzi sharing the stage with various other musicians including Imagine International Festival winners and Chibuku Road to Fame second runner up Were group and Zimboita.

It was Selmor Mtukudzi who stole the show with an excellent performance featuring her father’s hits such as Ziwere and Handiende. She rocked the crowd further with her latest hit Wakandipedzera Nguva.

The festival runs till October 19.

Jamaican sting cross borders

THE organisers of the highly publicised dancehall extravaganza dubbed Sting Dancehall Fiesta said the show will go ahead despite the postponement of a fight between local boxer, Tapiwa Tembo and Zambian Gibon Kamota that was scheduled to go along with the gig.

The Dancehall fiesta, which takes place today at City Sports Centre, was initially organised as a combination with the World Boxing Union (WBU) Championship tournament which has since been moved to December 22 at the same venue.

Dadza D
                                                                    Dadza D

The development means that it is now the dancehall enthusiasts who will be in for a rare treat while boxing fanatics will be entertained by fights between upcoming local boxers.

Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions who is behind the organising of the event confirmed to NewsDay about the development adding that all dancehall enthusiasts and boxing fans must not panic.
Sniper Storm
                                                                        Sniper Storm

“I am here to dispel rumours that had put many dancehall enthusiasts in panic mode concerning the Sting dancehall extravaganza. City Sports Centre will be on fire tomorrow (today) despite the postponement of the WBU Championship tournament. Local boxers will still square up in the ring,” said Chimbodza.
An array of dancehall artistes in the form of Sniper Storm, Guspy Warrior, Freeman, Shinsoman, Dadza D and Killah T will take turns to clash each other in the dancehall music ring.

The event organisers said all was set for the show and all artistes who are billed to preform have confirmed and are promising fireworks.
Guspy Warrior
                                                                    Guspy Warrior

The concept of the show is just like the Jamaican Sting Festival. Artists are going to be paired by a means of a ballot where upcoming artists will have to pick a tag with a name of the artists to battle with.
Jamaican Sting 2011__Vybes Kartel vs Mavado
                             Jamaican Sting 2011__Vybes Kartel vs Mavado

The event organisers has however, emphasised that performing artistes must make sure the show remains a lyrical and musical confrontation between the artistes and nothing personal.