Baba naMai Charamba performing at The Sunday Mail Bridal Show last weekend

Baba naMai Charamba performing at The Sunday Mail Bridal Show last weekend

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AS per tradition, the annual The Sunday Mail Bridal Gala lived up to its billing.

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The event, which was held the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), attracted thousands of merrymakers from all walks of life.

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With the Bridal Expo running from March 27 to 28, the climax of the event was on Saturday the 28th which saw the crowning of a new Bridal Queen.

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But in between and after the prize handover ceremony, revellers were entertained by different artistes.

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Some were witnessing the likes of Jah Prayzah, Baba naMai Charamba, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Alexio Kawara, Mudiwa Mutandwa and Tocky Vibes in action for the first time.

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The response was phenomenal.

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A collection of dance groups, namely Flip Floppers, Banyana Bafana, a ballet couple and Fresh Crew, opened proceedings with an exquisite and well-knit performance. The groups were working under the directorship of DJ Danny.

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The act, which comprised of music, dance, clarks, acrobatics, ballet and traditional dances, was as refreshing as the beautiful brides.

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Their synchronised but evidently dangerous theatrics left revellers not only enchanted but with a bit of fear.

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Having warmed the ground, in came the “big guns”.

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And just as predicted, the musicians were out to prove a point to each other. It was a cold war affair. No one candidly declared war but that is what their performances revealed.

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As usual, Alexio Kawara took to the stage and left fans crying out for more.

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He belted songs from his albums “Tose”, “Kana” and “Pfimbi Yangu”. But it was his popular track “Shaina” that proved to be the crowd favourite.

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Timely, Kawara paved the way for Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana who managed to maintain the tempo that had been created.

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Using her vast experience in the music industry, Katomeni-Mbofana did not disappoint.

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She tenderly kept the audience on the dancing floor with her soothing afro-jazz vibes.

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Buoyed by his latest offering, “Mwana Wamambo ndiMambo”, Mudiwa came on stage giving his best.

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The artiste gave a hip-hop touch to the whole affair but maintained the gospel flair.

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He was visibly in sync with the crowd to the point that the musician jumped off the stage to join fans as he was performing one of his popular songs “Taita Mari na Mwari”.

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The Charambas introduced themselves with their song “Ndiwe” off their album “WeNazareta”. The gospel couples’ act further dignified the Bridal Gala.

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And the acts were spurred to a new level. Some of the songs they played were “Rute”, “Machira Chete”, “Buruka” and “Tauya Kuzomutenda”.

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And just as we predicted a fortnight ago, Jah Prayzah came equipped. From the onset, it was evident he was a man on a mission.

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He went on stage to deliver. He gave his best with his army drilling gestures leaving fans begging for more.

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His case was more of a grudge match with fellow musician Tocky Vibes with whom he had a fiasco at their last outing last year at the same venue. With the help of his popular hits and new tracks from his forthcoming album “Jerusarema” due for release on May 22 at the same venue, Jah Prayzah kept his fans on their feet during his whole act.

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And the honours were left for Tocky Vibes to bring down the curtain.

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Surprisingly, he failed to do so. His act was pathetic to say the least. Only God knows what the young lad did to himself before the event. So far he and his manager have given conflicting statements with regards to what caused the poor performance.

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This was the second time that the young man has failed to deliver a polished act at the HICC.

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Even though it was a family affair, security had a tough time restraining some angry fans who were baying for Tocky’s blood.

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“Ndomurova mupfanha uyu, haangatijairire kudaro (I will beat up this young man, he cannot take us for grunted like),” said one visibly drunk middle-aged man who was restrained by his young wife.

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Overally, The Sunday Mail Bridal Gala was memorable and the organisers have promised a bigger and better event next year.