MiCasa to ar­rive early for Byo de­but

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bruce Ndlovu

AF­TER four shows in Harare, award-win­ning South African group MiCasa is to jet into Bu­l­awayo on Thurs­day to mix and min­gle with fans be­fore they give them a taste of their fa­mous eclec­tic house tunes on Fri­day night.

Presold tick­ets for the show have been re­duced to $10, af­ter com­plaints from fans that the show’s or­gan­is­ers were be­ing too elit­ist by ini­tially peg­ging them at $15. The move comes af­ter Zim Shop­ping Malls pledged to pay an ex­tra $5 for ev­ery $10 ticket sold.

Lo­cal artistes set to per­form dur­ing the high pro­file gig in­clude DJ Stavo, Alaina, Gu­luva7, As­aph, Mzoe7 and DJs Vic­tor Bravo and Kananjo.

While fans have in the past com­plained about aloof for­eign stars that seem in­tent to only give brief per­for­mances be­fore mak­ing off with their loot, MiCasa fans won’t have the same com­plaints as the group is set to fa­mil­iarise t h ems e l v e s with fans and lo­cal land­marks over two days.

The Jika hit­mak­ers will land at Joshua Mqabuko Air­port at around mid­day be­fore rush­ing to a press con­fer­ence along­side city artistes at the Bu­l­awayo Acad­emy of Mu­sic. The trio of Dr Duda (pro­ducer) and pi­anist, J’Some­thing (vo­cal­ist and gui­tarist), and Mo-T (trum­peter) who will be res­i­dent at a lo­cal ho­tel through­out their stay in Bu­l­awayo, will also give fans an op­por­tu­nity to min­gle and take self­ies with them. Af­ter a brief rest, the group will then head to new joint Copa Cubana where they will in­ter­act with pa­trons be­tween 6PM and 7:30PM. En­trance will be free. Af­ter­wards the group is set for a se­cret record­ing ses­sion with a lo­cal artiste, which the or­gan­iser of the show Clint Robin­son said would not be re­vealed at the re­quest of the group. Robin­son’s C&A En­ter­tain­ment are putting to­gether the show along­side Bu­l­awayo’s XMO Squad. “We signed a con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment with MiCasa in which we agreed to re­spect the fact that they want to keep the col­lab­o­ra­tion a se­cret un­til it’s done,” he said. On Fri­day mor n i ng , the group is set to visit the Matopo Hills. “Matopo is his­tor­i­cally s i g n i f i c ant be­cause it is where King Mzi­likazi is buried. It is also where Ce­cil John Rhodes is buried. So since they’re vis­it­ing the City of Kings I felt that it was only fit­ting that they visit the place where the orig­i­nal king, Mzi­likazi, is buried,” said Robin­son.

The group will then come back to visit a yet to be named or­phan­age in Bu­l­awayo be­fore do­ing a sound check at the Bu­l­awayo Am­phithe­atre.

Af­ter their show, the group will then bring their Zim­bab­wean ad­ven­ture to a close at Club Eden where the of­fi­cial af­ter-party will be held.

Robin­son said that they had de­cided to ask MiCasa to do an ex­ten­sive tour of Bu­l­awayo be­cause dur­ing their vis­its to the cap­i­tal fans had told them that a large per­cent­age of their fans where in the City of Kings.

“When­ever they have been in Harare peo­ple have told them that they should visit Bu­l­awayo be­cause that is the house mu­sic cap­i­tal of the coun­try. They’re very open guys who love to see their fans happy and so they are cu­ri­ous to see what their much talked about Bu­l­awayo fans have to of­fer.

“That is also the rea­son why we have made sure Bu­l­awayo artistes are part of pro­ceed­ings be­cause that sort of ex­po­sure will also help them when they get out of their nat­u­ral habi­tat and go han­dle the press and fans over­seas,” said Robin­son. - @Bru­ciEEye


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