FILL UP HICC NOT QUITE THERE
3 January 2016
. . . fans shun camouflage
THE Fill Up HICC concert which was headlined by man of the moment Jah Prayzah and superstar Oliver Mtukudzi on New Year’s Eve failed to live to its billing.
The organisers, 2 Kings Entertainment and JP Events, were targeting to fill the 5000-seater to capacity for the second time, as pronounced by the theme of the event, Fill Up HICC Concert 2.
It was, however, well-attended and organisers need to be commended for their effort to usher music lovers into 2017 in style.
The crowd was less than the 2015’s New Year’s Eve gig at the same venue, which was headlined by Jah Prayzah and Winky D.
Most of the seats on the upper section were not occupied and this came to light when all lights in the building were switched on.
Revellers could purchase beer without any hustle, interestingly using swipe machines and movement was also not free.
There were never long queues at the entry point and H-Metro is informed there was a time when some few people were allowed free entry.
The crowd only started swelling after 10:30 pm and showbiz watchers believe it was affected by other events which were in town like the Castle Lite Block party at Westgate Mall.
An estimated crowd of more than 5 000 people attended the Westgate even though the mood was later dampened by a downpour.
The event was also free of charge with beer costing 50c compared to $3+ at the Fill Up HICC.
Back to performances, most of the musicians had commendable performances while others had a bad day in office.
Rising star Mbeu who was among early performers proved that he is indeed a star in the making.
He managed to keep the small crowd that was in the house by then entertained though they were unfamiliar with his music.
Mbeu’s name can be mentioned among greats if he continues working hard.
Sam Dondo also took to the stage and performed songs from his debut album Dyara Minamato.
The major highlight during his performance, however, was when he was joined by Jah Prayzah on stage on their collaboration Zviuya Zviri Mberi.
Super star Oliver Mtukudzi attested to his legendary status with a polished act which he spiced up when he later joined Jah Prayzah after midnight.
It was unfortunate for Killer T who performed less than 10 minutes and the fans felt hard done as they wanted more from their star.
He had fans singing along to songs like Bvunza Tinzwe and Takangodaro, making the house a Killer T and the Hot Property Choir.
Emcees of the night KVG and Phathisani Sibanda also deserve mention.
The duo did the countdown to the New Year and above all they managed to interact well with the crowd and manage musicians’ slots on stage.
BaShupi came as a surprise act but it was unfortunate of him as he become the victim of the night.
He had to brave boos and some ‘can throwing’ before leaving the stage for Jah Prayzah who came with a fair performance.
Jah Prayzah went on to give a snatch of his collaboration, Sendekera, with Mafikizolo.
Fans, however, went on pause to this potential hit, possibly to grasp the detail of the song.
He was also joined by dancer Lady Storm on the song Eriza who came with her waist wriggling acts much to the delight of the fans.
Jah Prayzah’s fans who are known for donning camouflage regalia, heeded the call made by the police and army to stop wearing the attire.
It was only Jah Prayzah and the 3rd Generation outfit who were donning the prohibited gear .
Freeman came after Jah Prayzah but performed before few fans since most of them were already leaving the venue.
He, however, appreciated those who waited for him, describing them as real HKD fans.
He dedicated the song Doctor veMagita to that small crowd and churned out hits off his current album Mangoma Ihobho.
Some of the artistes on the banner did not disappoint.
The public address system had some glitches and organisers need to keep working on that.