Jam Ses­sion unites artistes, ex­poses new tal­ent

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Melissa Mpofu in Harare

THE at­mos­phere at the City Sports Bar in Harare was sur­real as Bu­l­awayo-based artists had the rare op­por­tu­nity to en­ter­tain pa­trons dur­ing a jam ses­sion hosted at the venue. It is not ev­ery day that artistes from Bu­l­awayo get to mix and min­gle with those from out­side the city. But, Tues­day night was dif­fer­ent as 10 Bu­l­awayo-based artists took to the stage in the cap­i­tal. Ide­ally, artistes were meant to per­form for 20 min­utes each as the mu­si­cal event was held to promo t e up-andc o m i n g artistes as well as give those whose ca­reers were dwin­dling, a timely boost. Some how­ever abused the mic and per­formed longer than the stip­u­lated time. For some such as Khuliyo, it was their first time to per­form in the cap­i­tal, while for the likes of ex­pe­ri­enced San­dra Nde­bele and Al­bert Ny­athi; it was a mat­ter of re-unit­ing with old friends. What made the jam ses­sion spe­cial was that the event united peo­ple as pa­trons danced and sang along to popular tracks like Ny­athi’s Sen­zeni Na? Show­ing that Bu­l­awayo was the coun­try’s arts hub, artistes took to the stage with so much au­thor­ity. One of the first acts, Khuliyo drove the crowd wild when he in­vited Bev on stage to as­sist him per­form a song ti­tled Si­momondiya, which he com­posed after be­ing mes­merised by her ear­lier in the week. Dressed in a Burberry out­fit which has be­come her trade­mark out­fit, Bev gladly danced along to the song, spic­ing up Khuliyo’s pow­er­ful per­for­mance. To­wards the end of the song, Lady Tshawe took to the mic and rapped a few verses adding on to the eu­pho­ria. Shortly after Khuliyo was Ny­athi who stated that his per­for­mance would be very short. Most thought they would be short changed, but alas, it ended up be­ing the per­for­mance of the night.

Fresh from launch­ing his book ti­tled My Son in South Africa, Ny­athi per­formed a poem from the book, which cap­tured many be­cause of its hard hit­ting con­tent. He also per­formed an­other ti­tled My Daugh­ter.

To end his stint on stage for the night, he per­formed the all-time favourite of many – Sen­zeni Na?, which saw peo­ple draw­ing closer to the stage. He in­vited all artistes to join him and sing along, some­thing, which made his act more spe­cial.

And then there was Jah Prayzah replica – Andy Muridzo. One could be for­given for be­liev­ing that they were lis­ten­ing to Jah Prayzah’s new al­bum as the artiste is a Jah Prayzah pro­tégé.

To his credit, he is equally tal­ented and is def­i­nitely a force to reckon with. With an afro jazz touch, Muridzo wowed the crowd, which clearly ap­pre­ci­ated his tal­ent. At this rate, he will soon be too big to be part of the jam ses­sions. His track – Av­o­cado proved to be as popular as his Fire Fire chant. He was also joined on stage by Lady Storm, pop­u­larly known as Eriza. And when his 20 min­utes were up, the crowd was clearly dis­ap­pointed as they wanted more.

From there it was time for some se­ri­ous dance rou­tines. Bev, who is also an artiste, per­formed her not-so-bad songs and was joined on stage by Zoey who did Alick Mach­eso’s Zora But­ter dance us­ing her feet with her head on the ground. As if she was jeal­ous of the sup­port Zoey was get­ting, Bev quickly in­ter­rupted her act.

For the bet­ter part of her per­for­mance how­ever, Bev had a nag­ging fan to deal with. The fan wanted her Burberry hat, which Bev could not part with as she said she wasn’t that rich and there­fore could not give it to her.

Much to the de­light of many, Bev sang with a live band as she is pre­par­ing for a per­for­mance in China.

One of the last acts of the night, San­dra Nde­bele was the rea­son why many peo­ple had packed the venue till the early hours of Wed­nes­day. All they wanted to see was her fa­mous split and she did not dis­ap­point. She did it just like she did back in the day at galas.

She was joined by Zoey as well as Lady Storm for a dance off. Zoey could not miss the op­por­tu­nity to show who the queen of splits was. Male pa­trons were vis­i­bly amazed by Nde­bele’s flex­i­bil­ity as they cheered her on.

Clos­ing the night were Gu­luva 7 and Mzoe 7 who as usual al­ways have amaz­ing sets to share al­though most peo­ple had trick­led out of the venue con­sid­er­ing it was after 2AM and mid­week.

Khuliyo Bev Lady Storm and San­dra Nde­bele among oth­ers join Al­bert Ny­athi to per­form

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