Winter Concert-Something for Everyone
18 June 2018
It was a night when the annual Winter Warmer Concert lived to its billing as revellers were spoilt for choice as their favourite stars in showbiz performed in the capital last Friday at HICC.
Sungura kingpin Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Suluman Chimbetu, Leonard Zhakata, Fungisai Zvakavapano, Seh Calaz, Killer T, Jah Signal, Sam Dondo and the Air Force Band took turns up on stage.
All proceeds will go to charity as part of the Airforce of Zimbabwe corporate social responsibility.
Although there were visible empty seats in the Harare International Conference Centre, that would not stop any musician from delivering their best.
The fun started as early as 7pm as upcoming Afro pop singer Shelton made sure the loyal fans who braved the chilly weather were kept warm in the arena.
There was also a noticeable number of celebrities and soccer faces such as Warriors trio of George Chigova, Khama Billiat and Tino Kadewere.
Fans were also in their best behavior as members of the Airforce police kept manning the doors for the entire show.
The musician had his slot moved to 9pm as he was travelling to Chegutu for another engagement. As a result, most fans missed him.
The sungura ace who recently launched his 11th offering – Dzinosvitsa Kure – proved why he has kept going.
It was also clear that his followers are water tight on his new songs as they were kept on the edge as he churned out songs such Kudzwai, Pfuma Yacho and some of his previous hits.
He also played a fatherly role to applaud the Airforce of Zimbabwe on joining all musicians on one stage for the charities.
“This idea by the Airforce of Zimbabwe is vital and I salute them for how they want to us as artistes to help raise charities for the disadvantaged children in poor communities.
“I believe in helping others because I was at one point helped in life and I am still being helped by many people.
“The money you have paid is much appreciated and I am openly participating because we all need help and to be loved,” he said on stage.
The entertainer also wowed guests with his guitar antics whilst his dancer Kariba Zambezi rose to the occasion before fellow member Majuice came late 13 minutes on stage.
Macheso rounded up his weekend with a performance at Jongwe Corner yesterday.
The lanky star was in his usual best mood for the show as he gave a worthwhile performance sharing a stage with Alick Macheso on two consecutive Fridays this month.
Although the two did not come one after the other, their acts gave the night the desired high-energy and was an influence for most revellers.
He sang songs like Goto, Chengetedza, My Lilly and Hello Mama among others.
Another highlight of his act included when his former band member Braveman ‘Baba Harare’ Chizvino joined him on stage.
The two shared a dance before Baba Harare played the lead guitar.
The musician also took time to appreciate charity.
The Orchestra Dendera Kings front man was also part of the bill and he saluted his former bosses at the Airforce of Zimbabwe for his inclusion on the list.
The entertainer had his fans singing along and was lively singing his Alice Mbewe along with his late father’s songs such as One Way among others.
When he performed the song, the musician led revellers into joining hands thanking them for coming together for raising funds for charity.
The musician might have been the only female artist on the list but she was not outdone.
She managed to keep close contacts with her audience as opposed to the belief that she had recently gone quite or was a spent force.
Empress Fungi as she is fondly known, might while on stage have converted a few into Christianity as one couldn’t tell it for a church event.
As promised the chanters in the genre including Seh Calaz, Killer T, Hwindi Prezident, Kinnah and Jah Signal all had a good day in the office as they all took turns to give the show a different shape.
Seh Calaz’s interaction with fans kept his momentum going and it was his song Mbanje that proved his vocal prowess.
Rising chanter, Jah Signal also showed off some of his new dance routines and his set was
Killer T who was the last throw of the dice had fans calling for his second return after he performed his recent releases including Hondo, Kufamba KwaPaurosi, Rudo Ibofu and others.
After the show, AFZ Public relations officer, Squadron leader-Special Matarirrano said the concert lived to its billing.
“Everything went well and we are want to thank everyone who came through and participated.
“There were no reports of fights or violence that we might have failed to control, everyone was at his or her best behaviour.
“Like we mentioned all the proceeds will now go to our developmental projects in Mt Darwin where we are building a school,” he said.