Mi Casa thrills on de­but

Ma­jal­isa bunks char­ity gig

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent Bruce Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

BLACK and white, oh so bright All I see is beauty, are lyrics from Mi Casa’s hit track Th­ese Streets which aptly de­scribe the at­mo­sphere dur­ing their de­but show in Bu­l­awayo on Fri­day night.

Mi Casa, com­prised of J Some­thing, Mo T and Dr Duda per­formed in front of a near ca­pac­ity Bu­l­awayo Am­phithe­atre in the Zim­bab­wean leg of their Un­lock Africa tour.

Un­like many ma­jor shows held in the city that are at­tended by mostly black peo­ple, this one in par­tic­u­lar had a mix­ture of blacks, whites, In­di­ans and coloureds which was some­thing rarely seen in the city.

Mi Casa, who fuse house mu­sic with a jazzy touch, did not dis­ap­point with a pol­ished per­for­mance on the night.

And they brought that to the stage with J Some­thing, Mo T on the trum­pet and Dr Duda on the key­board and mixer mak­ing it easy for fans to sing-along and fol­low the nim­ble dance moves from Mi Casa. J Some­thing would in some in­stances take pho­tos with fans in the VIP sec­tion of the venue that cost $25.

“This is our first time in Bu­l­awayo and we’re very ex­cited,” said J Some­thing at the be­gin­ning of their per­for­mance.

They kicked off their per­for­mance with a ren­di­tion of Mafik­i­zolo’s Ndi­hamba Nawe, with the crowd singing along word for word.

J Some­thing, a Por­tuguese by birth, be­came a heart­throb to many women in South Africa when he burst on the scene five years ago singing in Xhosa.

He ef­fort­lessly sang Ndi­hamba Nawe amid screams from the women in the crowd who re­sponded with Mina Ndi­hamba Nawe (I’ll leave with you).

Most in the crowd were wait­ing for Bar Man, a song Mi Casa pro­duced with kwaito kings Big Nuz. J Some­thing took it upon him­self to sing the parts sang by Dan­ger and Mamp­intsha.

Other tracks they per­formed were Jika, Choco­late, You Body, and Heav­enly Sent with a sprin­kling of ren­di­tions of Lionel Richie and Brenda Fassie as their one and a half per­for­mance ended at 1AM.

The lo­cal artistes did not dis­ap­point as they gave five star per­for­mances with the pick be­ing Mzoe 7 who put up a high oc­tane per­for­mance that got peo­ple in the crowd in the mood to party. His ever pop­u­lar track Kwasa Kwasa was a favourite on the night with his new song Chi­uta Chi­uta also well-liked. Rapper Gu­luva 7 showed why he is the best new comer on the Zim Hip hop scene as he com­manded the stage like a sea­soned per­former with ev­ery­one nod­ding their heads in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of his mu­sic.

R&B sen­sa­tion, Alaina of the Juice Box fame was the dar­ling of the crowd as she cap­ti­vated them with her well chore­ographed dance moves which blended well with her melo­di­ous voice.

How­ever, the sys­tem at the bar area came as a shock to some as it was a tick­et­ing sys­tem that was used with the cheap­est go­ing for $10. Bev­er­ages were rea­son­ably priced but the prob­lem was that rev­ellers couldn’t buy sin­gle beers.

The night ended with the hordes of rev­ellers mak­ing a bee­line to Club Eden to meet Mi Casa dur­ing the after party. The nightspot was packed and en­ter­ing the venue was a has­sle as many wanted to party the night with Mi Casa. Most women wanted to take a pic­ture with J Some­thing who obliged for a while, but ended up re­fus­ing re­quests as he said he was tired.

Mo T was also a busy body as he took count­less selfies wtih the ladies at the venue. DJ Duda left the VIP area and en­tered the Club as he wanted to have fun with fans - @bon­ganinkunzi. DENDERA mae­stro Su­lumani Chim­betu put up a pol­ished and pro­fes­sional show­ing at a poorly at­tended Win­ter Farewell Char­ity Con­cert, while South African disco queen Pa­tri­cia Ma­jal­isa failed to turn up at the gig held at the Large City Hall on Fri­day night.

Ma­jal­isa had been billed as the show’s ma­jor draw card along­side Sulu but the veteran South African diva left the few fans that at­tended the gig dis­ap­pointed after she failed to hon­our her prom­ise to at­tend the show whose pur­pose was to raise $50 000 for the Bu­l­awayo Pub­lic Li­brary Braille De­part­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the show’s organiser Kil­lion Dube, Ma­jal­isa failed to turn up be­cause of de­lays at the Botswana bor­der.

“She ar­rived at the Botswana bor­der post late and found that side of the bor­der closed. That is why she could not cross into Zim­babwe on time,” he said. How­ever, in­di­ca­tions are that the South African diva was in Zim­babwe be­fore Fri­day night’s show as she was al­ready nes­tled at a lo­cal guest house.

Ma­jal­isa did not an­swer calls or mes­sages when quizzed about the mat­ter. Although Ma­jal­isa’s ab­sence may have been a downer for both fans and or­gan­is­ers, her fail­ure to pitch up on the night was not the only neg­a­tive to come out of the well in­ten­tioned but per­haps poorly or­gan­ised char­ity gig.

At­ten­dance was poor, with not more than 100 pay­ing fans at the venue. Or­gan­is­ers seem to not have prop­erly mar­keted the show as there were no posters ad­ver­tis­ing the gig on the days run­ning up to Fri­day night’s event. With lit­tle or no ad­ver­tis­ing, the show, which was to be counter at­trac­tion to South Africa’s Mi Casa who were play­ing across town at the Bu­l­awayo Am­phithe­atre, fol­lowed the trend of other events held this year in the City of Kings which have been graced by pal­try crowds. What com­pounded the or­gan­is­ers’ woes on Fri­day was that there was no al­co­hol sold at the venue, a fact that made the event even less at­trac­tive to im­bibers that might have fan­cied a night out. While there was no life in the au­di­ence, things were dif­fer­ent on stage how­ever, as fired up Sulu show­cased the best of Dendera. A month after he also failed to hon­our an­other show in the City of Kings, Sulu show­cased his ma­tu­rity, prov­ing that he does not need the ap­plause or cheers of a crowd to put up a five star per­for­mance. In a per­for­mance whose defin­ing fea­ture was his well chore­ographed dances, Sulu gave ren­di­tions of his and the late Si­mon Chim­betu’s great­est hits with­out missing a step. Not to be out­done were Bu­l­awayo per­form­ers Jeys Mara­bini and Nozuk­ile who de­fied the som­bre at­mo­sphere at the venue to give sat­is­fy­ing per­for­mances. Their show­ing and pro­fes­sion­al­ism was not lost on Dube, who de­spite be­ing dis­ap­pointed by the at­ten­dance at the fundraising gig praised the per­form­ers. “I was not happy at all with the re­sponse to the show. How­ever, I was im­pressed by Sulu, Jeys and Nozuk­ile and other artistes who per­formed. They did great,” he said.

Pa­tri­cia Ma­jal­isa

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