South African music seem to be taking over Southern Africa especially Zimbabwe. Few weeks back, Hip Hop Sensation – Cassper Nyovest was performing in Zimbabwe at a sold out event & this past weekend, SA’s DUO – Mafikizolo performed in Zimbabwe’s Capital – Harare. If we go a few years back, South bAfrican music was mainly popular in Zimbabwe’s Second largest city – Bulawayo, but today it is celebrated across the whole nation.
Friday the 6th of March marked another splendid, fully packed performance by Mafikizolo in Harare, Zimbabwe. Because of a whole lot of other activities that were happening the same night, this particular show seemed to have filtered a lot of the younger audience. The present audience was more mature, with a few unruly activities occurring. From the audience perspective, those that sat upstairs during the show had a better view than the VIP section which was located on the same ground level as the stage. I actually think there was a mistake in this kind of sitting allocation. The VIP individuals could not clearly see the acts on stage due to the crowd which swiftly moved towards the stage and mobbed it. Well, I was not really fascinated with the stage which I personally think could have been way better than it looked. Local promoters need to look into that and also improve on time management and sound checking prior to when the audience enters the venue.
When it came to delivering, SA’s DUO – Mafikizolo was electrifying, I mean these guys have it together and they bring it on all the time. Their vocals and dance routines were on point, even the stage intruding by South African Deputy Ambassador, did not disrupt them. What I liked the most was that each band member was given the opportunity to shine and show their skills, it was incredible. Zimbabwe’s Winky D and Jah Prayzah were some of the supporting acts that stood out for me during the whole concert. Their performances were sterling and almost equally matched the well prepared set of Mafikizolo.
Conversely, South Africa’s Sensation – Zahara was a bit of a disappointment. She seemed to have lost all her energy and fans even got bored that one threw an empty can on stage. The last time I saw her perform was at the Victoria Falls Carnival, she had fire back then. I am rooting for the same energy to come back eventually.
It’s groups like the BET Awards Nominees, Mafikizolo that allows music to break barriers across the globe and allow people to consume it and just find mutual understanding. These guys are into the business of music and are doing well in the whole creative industries. Their outfits were outstanding I am sure Nhlanhla Nciza who just launched her label NNVintage at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2015, was behind the looks. Looking forward to more of the DUO’s future performances, if you hear they are in your town, you need to watch them perform, SUPERB.
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