Good­bye Cloud Nine . . . hello Club 263

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Melissa Mpofu Show­biz Ed­i­tor

BU­L­AWAYO’s night life will never be the same again as al­most each week, a new night­club is open­ing.

First to open was strip club — Pri­vate Lounge then up­mar­ket bar, Copa Cubana which was fol­lowed a week later by BAC. And now, yet another club — Club 263 — will be open­ing shop next week in the city cen­tre.

Lo­cated where the now de­funct Cloud Nine was, Club 263 which is be­ing re­fur­bished prom­ises to change the game in the city as it opens at 10AM daily, clos­ing at 2AM. An ar­ray of food will be served there.

A three-day party has al­ready been lined up to usher in the new joint. Ladies will be the main at­trac­tion as the club opens with a Ladies’ Night next week Thurs­day. A lot of free­bies in­clud­ing Brazil­ian weaves, cell­phones, de­odor­ants and lingerie will be given away to the best dressed ladies on a night where en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by the club’s res­i­dent DJs, Emitty Smooth and Mel­low T who will be as­sisted by hosts Obama, Sharon D and Queen.

A day after, Mutare’s DVJ Dreazy, Botswana-based DJ Styles and Bu­l­awayo DJs Nospa, Slimzah, Kead Wikead, Liz, Slamma and Crazy Black will take care of busi­ness at what has been dubbed “The long­est DJ marathon”.

“At the marathon, the DJs will play non-stop un­til the next day. It’s not a bat­tle but they’ll be on ro­ta­tion. Their slots will be short and pre­cise,” said the club’s spokesper­son Zen­zele Nde­bele.

Com­plet­ing the line-up on Fri­day is one of the coun­try’s top pro­duc­ers, Oskid as well as Harare DJs Fu­jee and Garry B.

Clos­ing off the three-day party next week Satur­day is Harare’s DJ Rax who will be a spe­cial guest. He will be joined for “Satur­day Night’s Party Cruise” by the DJs who will have im­pressed on Fri­day.

“Those DJs who will have wowed the crowd on Fri­day will be given another op­por­tu­nity to rock the club with Rax on Satur­day as we want peo­ple to al­ways be on a high level,” said Nde­bele.

He said the club’s tar­get mar­ket was the mid­dle class, es­pe­cially women who have not been ac­com­mo­dated by most clubs in the city.

With a “Get used to choice” tagline, Club 263 is an ur­ban club where life­style and fash­ion are of great im­por­tance.

Nde­bele said they had set­tled for the Club 263 trade name as they in­tend to spread the club’s wings to other parts of the coun­try.

“Bu­l­awayo will be the first to have a Club 263 as we in­tend to take the brand to places like Zvisha­vane, Gweru, Vic­to­ria Falls and Harare among other parts,” he said.

Work in progress . . . Club 263 pain­ters work­ing on the new joint

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