Busy night at Pamuzinda

Oliver Mtukudzi performs at Pamuzinda on Friday night

Oliver Mtukudzi performs at Pamuzinda on Friday night

Entertainment Reporter
Getting parking space at Ice and Fire Pamuzinda along Bulawayo Road on Friday night and parking was a nightmare.

Motorists were forced to park their cars at a distance and some had to walk for about 400 metres to the venue.

At the entrance long queues were the order of the night and most people had to negotiate their way into the venue despite holding tickets.

Thousands of music lovers braved the cold weather to attend the show of the weekend featuring music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, dancehall musician Tocky Vibes, Suluman Chimbetu and DJ Cables.

It was also a busy night for the bouncers and event organiser Josh Hozheri after they discovered numerous counterfeit tickets at the entrance.

“We had no advance tickets and we are surprised to see some people with these counterfeits,” said troubled Hozheri.

“We confronted them but the only thing we could do was to have them pay,” he said.

By 10pm the venue was already packed and people were dancing to the music of Tocky Vibes.

The dancehall musician performed songs from his album “Toti Toti”, much to the delight of the crowd.

Tocky Vibes, who still struggles with his stage performance, belted out hits “Usarara Muka” and “Hande Tocky”.

The “Mhai” hitmaker left the stage for DJ Cables who selected songs from several dancehall musicians.

At midnight, Mtukudzi went on stage prompting some fans to come closer to the arena.

The musician decided to start the show with low tempo songs.

As he played some were simply looking at him with some interviewed by The Herald Entertainment blasting him for taking them for granted.

“Look at the weather my brother and Tuku as a musician should consider playing some of his fast songs so that we can dance,” said one Reward Sidzi.

Others said it was unfortunate that with his experience he could not read the mood of the fans.

“Anenge anobva kumba aka planner kumbobhowa vanhu chete,” said one disgruntled fan.

However, Tuku turned the tables in the last phase of his performance as he ignited fast songs prompting fans to dance and sing along.

Chimbetu was the last to take the stage and the musician did his best to please the crowd. He performed old and new hits until daybreak and fans enjoyed his act.