Tuku, Winky wow Jozi fans
21 August 2017
THE much-hyped Kubatana Music Festival lived up to its billing on Saturday night as thousands of fans danced the night away at the Dries Niemandt Park in Kempton Park.
Despite a cold front that landed on Gauteng province on Thursday, many braved the chilly weather and the pricey entry free to party with their Zimbabwean musical icons. Not even a single incident of violence was recorded as the R250 general entry fee separated the haves from the have-nots.
The show was hosted by new kids on the entertainment block Shisaka Entertainment who put a commendable act in terms of logistics barring the intermittent sound glitches.
There were a number of curtain raisers but those that stood out include jazz musician Darlington Tanganyika who was backed by the much-sought after mbira group Rimba Mbira. The combination was a joy to watch as they played renditions of old tunes such as Sina Makosa and others.
In a move that appeared to shock a number of people Tuku got on stage around 1030pm when many expected him to close gig. As usual the man did not disappoint despite having a completely new backing Black Spirits band. Popular drummer Sam Mataure was conspicuous by his absence but that gave young drummer Keith Musenha the opportunity to shine. The shy-looking Musenha played the drums like a pro when many were doubting his skills. Charles Njekesa played the bass guitar with aplomb and so did Rodwell Roda who was on the lead guitar. Fiona Gwena was doing the backing vocals for the band and did not disappoint.
Tuku’s playlist included ever popular golden oldies such as Mutavara and by the time he played Ndima Ndapedza many had even taken off their jackets after more than an hour of non-stop dancing.
Then came Andy Muridzo and his Jeetaz Band. While the band had the energy, the crowd went mute intermittently as they could not relate to most of Muridzo’s tracks. He however mixed his act with popular tunes such as Dherira and Chidhafundunda which the fans related to. It was Muridzo’s third performance in South Africa and he should have taken notes as he continues his journey to endear himself with fans across the Limpopo.
A number of fans who left the open-air venue after Tuku’s performance will live to regret their decision as the closing act Winky D and his Vigilance Band gave a top drawer performance. Dressed in a black and gold outfit The Bigman, as he is affably known, wowed his fans who half the time sang along with him. It was a polished stage act that turned many neutrals into believers.
The dreadlocked artist knows how to select his tunes and kept the tempo and mood high despite the freezing early Sunday morning cold.
Tapuwa Shiridzinonwa of Shisaka was pleased with the turnout and promised many more good shows to come.
“We are now busy preparing for the Beenie Man show which will be on 1 September at the Bassline in Joburg,” said Shiridzinonwa.