…Back to back shows with Tuku winter show and golf tournament at Montclair Hotel
POPULAR Harare based reggae and dancehall movement Zi-Dancehall Empire will kick-off its back to back weekend gigs tonight (Friday ) at Mutare Motoring Club and tomorrow at Montclair Hotel and Casino in Nyanga.
The duo of DJs 2Bad real name Tafadzwa Nyanongo and Abisha Palmer real name Tendai Abisha Zenda who now command a huge following countrywide in the reggae and dancehall music circles will be the main act tonight at Motoring Club winter warm-up dancehall gig.
Zi-Dancehall Empire, a brainchild of ZiFM Stereo is a combination of Abisha Palmer and DJ 2bad who used to share a slot on ZiFM with DJ Fleva and Ethertone B of Judgment Yard.
“We have been taking Zimdancehall to another level and we are guaranteeing Mutare revellers of an unforgettable evening tonight, then on Saturday we take it to Nyanga at Montclair Hotel where we will light it up again at the annual Tuku winter show and golf tournament. I’m urging revellers to come in their numbers and be elevated to the highest levels at both shows,” said DJ Abisha yesterday in a telephone interview.
In March the two celebrated their second year anniversary ever since they started the Zi-Dancehall Empire show on ZiFM radio and have now since taken over the dancehall scene as a force to reckon. The show is aired every Saturday from 2pm to 6pm.
“As Zimdancehall DJs we always aim to build the Zimdancehall genre and take it out. We have raised the profile of many budding artistes and always try to ignite the flame of our Zimdancehall stars. Mutare and Nyanga should brace for the best in Zimdancehall music this weekend when we descend,” said DJ Abisha.
Motoring Club secretary Vonesi Masanganise said the club aims to bring more big names in the local music industry to give local revellers variety.
“This is just the beginning as we aim to bring the best in the business through partnerships with various promoters. We will also hold functions to promote local artistes as we want to be not only a motor sports club, but also make use of the club facilities to promote the arts sector through music shows and gigs,” said Masanganise.
Tuku, Alexio reincarnation at Montclair winter golf tournament after-party
MEANWHILE the annual Montclair winter golf tournament which is headlined by the Tuku concert as the after-party will again see the legendary Zimbabwean music icon perform in the resort area tomorrow (Saturday). Tuku who has since been conferred with an honourary doctorate in music will for the second time in a row share the stage with the sensational Alexio Kawara of the Chihwande-hwande fame and the Zi-Dancehall Empire duo.
On the other hand Kawara a contemporary Afro-fusion and National Arts Merit Awards multi-award winning musician is one talented musician whose limits seem immeasurable.
Kawara’s music career began in 1999 as part of a four-member group known as Guess which sang the hit song ‘Amai’ but later split. This prompted his solo career which he set off as an urban grooves artiste but has since stepped up to live performance as an Afro fusion musician with his own band Shades of Black.
The winter golf event which has been growing each year has become popular with business executives and corporates that want to network and exhibit their products during the golf tournament and the concert in the evening.
The event which is also a concept meant to promote entertainment tourism in the near future aims to grow to the magnitude of festivals and carnivals held in Victoria Falls which will draw tourists and locals from far and wide to the Eastern Highlands which is fast awakening as an ideal tourist destination. In March, the hotel again hosted Zimdancehall prodigy Winky D, a show which was said to be very successful.
Although the Montclair sales and marketing manager Busisiwe Tutani could not confirm the number of registered golfers and bookings so far for the show she said the response to this year’s event has been great.
“We have a special package for people that come for the tournament and the show. It is always a good time to give back to our guests. We are happy that we will have a professional golfer taking part in the tournament. It shows that the tournament is attracting interest from renowned golfers and it should also inspire other players to come in,” she said.
The golfers are expected to tee-off at 10am.
In past years Tuku has staged the event with the likes of Roki and Ammara Brown which shows how he wants to nurture young talent.
“Zi-Dancehall Empire has been part of our various events at Montclair and we are pleased to have them at the concert. They are coming in as a result of our partnership with ZiFM Stereo,” revealed Tutani.