IT’S A PARTY WEEKEND

Davido

Davido

Entertainment Reporters
Merrymakers are spoilt for choice this weekend as many high profile gigs have been lined up in Harare. International musicians Davido, Babyface and Toni Braxton have a date with fans in the capital at two different shows while dancehall musicians will battle for fans at various gigs that take place tomorrow. There is a Cup Clash at City Sports Centre and a Summer Slam at LongCheng Plaza among other gigs featuring dancehall musicians that will roar in Harare. It is common for such entertainment to flood the capital on the last day of the Harare Agricultural Show.

Christians have not been left out. Besides entertainment at church conferences that are going on, gospel music lovers will have a good time at the Gospel Greats concert at Rainbow Towers Gardens. Those who love fashion, beauty and modelling will be at Zim Model Awards at Crown Plaza. There is fun everywhere.

Davido jets in today
Nigerian superstar Davido is expected in the country this afternoon ahead of his show tomorrow at Belgravia Sports Club where he will share the stage with some local musicians. The list of local acts includes Trevor Dongo, Roki and DJ Ash Styles among others.

It will be the Nigerian star’s first visit to Zimbabwe and a lot is expected at the show. Tickets go on sale this morning at Spar Supermarkets and Chicken Slice food outlets. The tickets are going between $10 and $50. Davido has made waves internationally and most of his Zimbabwean fans should be glad that he is coming for his maiden show.

Many surprises are also expected at the concert. After the show, Davido will go to an after-party at Pablo’z Club in Borrowdale.

Who will bag most awards?
Since 1980 there have been those who were influential in the modelling and fashion industry that saw the development of the industry. These people will be awarded tomorrow at Crowne Plaza Hotel where the inaugural Zimbabwe Modelling Awards are being held. The awards show will be hosted by Former Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Rumbidzayi Mudzengerere and winners will receive special prizes and certificates. One of the organisers of the awards, Mercy Mushaninga, said she is happy with how the judging process was conducted and wished nominees good luck.

Mushaninga of ZimGossip models said one of the guests of honour, Nyasha Matonhedze (Louis Vutton model), is no longer coming but they will have first black Miss Zimbabwe Shirley Nyanyiwa-Chingoka and others as special guests. Short night with Toni Braxton and Babyface United States R‘n’B singers Toni Braxton and Babyface will share the stage at Borrowdale Racecourse tonight.

The show, which has tight security with restrictions such as “no flashy cameras or photographers”, will see the two musicians performing with no special local acts in line. Fans will be treated to a double bill as they each perform their own songs before doing a joint act.

The pair whose 2014 album “Love, Marriage & Divorce” won the Best R’n’B award at the Grammys this year, are coming courtesy of Canoc Live. In addition to the outstanding solo work that Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has released, he’s also had a major part in the careers of some of the singers who are loved the world over

Toni Braxton is no stranger to the world of music and even TV – she’s currently in the reality show “Braxton Family Values” (on DStv’s channel, Vuzu) with her sisters. Her self-titled debut album which was released in 1993 won a Grammy.

Summer Slam at Long Cheng Plaza
Stars unite for Summer Slam tomorrow at Long Cheng Plaza in Belvedere. This will be the 16th edition of the event that has seen several musicians from different genres participating. Stars including man-of-the-moment Jah Prayzah, Kinna, Terminator, Seh Calaz, Trevor Dongo, Freeman, Lipsy and Guspy Warrior are among entertainers who will perform at the event. Popular Star FM presenter Pathisani Sibanda will also be part of the event.

Seh Calaz is one of the stars lined up for the event. The musician is looking forward to a good and peaceful show. He has been hailed for his eagerness to work with his rival Soul Jah Love.“Bhanditi Rebirth” is the musician’s new offering and is expected to excite merrymakers as they wine and dance.

Terminator and Kinnah are expected to stage their duet that is fast becoming a hit.Organisers of the event said all has been set for the show. “All the artistes have confirmed their participation. “We are happy that they have shown their commitment on the show,” said Godfatha Templeman who is one of the organisers. He is also lined up to perform at the show.

Harare Cup Clash on tomorrow
The much awaited dancehall clash, ‘The Harare Cup Clash’ is on tomorrow night at the usual place Harare City Sports Centre. Dancehall lovers from all over Harare are expected to flock the place to witness this amazing event. The day will see different dancehall artistes, prominent and upcoming ones showing their prowess in this come popular genre.

Artistes who will be performing on the night include, the popular ones Winky D, Soul Jah Love, Seh Calaz, Dhadza D, Sniper Storm, Lady Squanda, Bounty Lisa, Ricky Fire, Platinum Prince, Anonymous, Princo Spice, Maffcat, Mahwindi President, Jerry B and Softaz, K-Queen, Genious, Abisha, Jah child, Celcious, Legion, Chartsman among others.

Popular DJs will also show what they have prepared for their fans and these include DJ Cables, DJ Mbodo, DJ Fidel, DJ Staera, Templeman and Garry B of the Judgment Yard family. Most of the fans will be disappointed as man of the moment Killer T will not be there as he will be in the UK doing some shows.

The event has been rocked with violence the previous years but this time it is likely to be a thing of the past as there are no longer personal grudges among dancehall artistes like as Soul Jah Love and Seh Calaz that have put their differences aside. Security will be on high alert and the venue will have bright lights in and outside to detect any rowdy elements.

Worshipping with Gospel Greats
Gospel music lovers will have a time to worship at the Gospel Greats concert set for Rainbow Towers Gardens tomorrow. The show will be an alternative to all the secular shows that will flood Harare over the weekend Children will get into the gospel concert for free making it an after-party bonus for parents that would have taken their young ones to the final day of the Harare Agricultural Show.

Top gospel musicians to perform at the concert include The Charambas, Mechanic Manyeruke, Mathias Mhere, Kudzi Nyakudya, Thembelami and Blessing Shumba. Rising gospel singers Janet Manyowa and Tyra Chikozho are also on the list that is expected to include a number of surprise appearances by popular gospels stars.

Star FM presenter Leandar Kandiyero will be the host of the show, which shares a title with his Gospel Greats programme that he presents every Sunday on radio. And for Manyeruke and Mhere, the show will be a welcome party after their international tours last week. Mhere performed in the United States while Manyeruke was in the United Kingdom.