Byo Jam Ses­sion strikes right chord

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

THIS best sums up the in­au­gu­ral Bulawayo Jam Ses­sion held at Ce­cil Ho­tel in the city on Wed­nes­day evening.

Many had doubted that lo­cal acts could at­tract a bumper crowd mid­week and it seemed the artistes had done their home­work and were out to im­press and prove crit­ics wrong. Up to 300 peo­ple packed the ho­tel’s con­fer­ence cen­tre, a fig­ure way big­ger than that was wit­nessed when crowd favourite — Judge­ment Yard — per­formed there when Pri­vate Lounge was launched.

Also to the artistes’ ad­van­tage was the fact that the mu­si­cal show, meant to pro­mote up-and-com­ing artistes as well as those with ca­reers which are fail­ing to take off, was a free event.

Ini­tially, up to 10 artistes had been taken to Harare last month on a fact find­ing mis­sion. They per­formed at the Harare Jam Ses­sion where they left a last­ing im­pres­sion. And come Wed­nes­day, it was their time to shine and show­case what they had learnt in Harare.

Jeys Mara­bini, Khuliyo, Sandra Nde­bele, Gu­luva 7 and Mzoe 7, who were among those who had toured Harare, ini­ti­ated the con­cept here with the help of event or­gan­iser — Big­gie Chinop­erekwi. The mis­sion of the jam ses­sion is pretty sim­ple. Artistes need to ex­pose them­selves to a po­ten­tial au­di­ence so they per­form for about 20 min­utes each and hand over the mic to the next artiste. The trick is to sing songs one is con­fi­dent will rock the crowd in or­der to leave them want­ing more and in­ter­ested in your brand. Some like Mzoe 7, Sandra Nde­bele, As­aph and Khuliyo clearly got this memo while oth­ers seemed to want to make up for all the lost time in their mu­sic ca­reer on a ju­nior’s stage.

The most out­stand­ing act of the night was Mzoe 7 who en­er­gised the crowd with his dance moves. He in­tro­duced his new track Chi­uta which was ac­com­pa­nied by a unique dance. He also en­gaged rev­ellers by invit­ing them on stage and taught them the Chi­uta dance.

How­ever, oth­ers like Donna N, who ini­tially im­pressed with her soul­ful sooth­ing voice, ended up do­ing cov­ers of songs from South Africa hence de­feat­ing the pur­pose of pro­mot­ing Bulawayo mu­sic.

Also, Lady Tshawe did the same, do­ing a cover of Mafik­i­zolo’s tracks and Ty­tan and Am­mara Brown’s Mukoko. The DJs did not do much to pro­mote Bulawayo mu­sic as they pre­ferred to play for­eign mu­sic in­stead of pro­mot­ing that of fel­low artistes from the city dur­ing mu­si­cal in­ter­vals.

Cameo ap­pear­ances from award-win­ning songstress Nk­wali, who sang Unyawo Lwami, Kwa­bat­sha, who per­formed all-time favourite, Bhat­shi, and so­cialite Babongile Sikhon­jwa who sang Stameta were well ap­pre­ci­ated by the crowd.

Jeys Mara­bini also got the crowd on its feet although his per­for­mance, es­pe­cially sound check, was a bit long. He used the plat­form to pro­mote Ezinyan­geni, a song off his lat­est of­fer­ing, Thula Sana.

Guest per­former Wil­lis Wataffi showed he was a sea­soned act who un­der­stood that he was not the main act, but a guest. He took to the stage, per­formed one track — the ever pop­u­lar Wanga — and left the crowd yearn­ing for more. He was joined by long time friend, Sikhon­jwa, who many wished had also been given more time dur­ing the ses­sion. Af­ter their per­for­mance, Wataffi’s band played an in­stru­men­tal of Memo leav­ing the au­di­ence rem­i­nisc­ing about Africa Re­venge.

Khuliyo, one of the co­or­di­na­tors of the event, said he was im­pressed by the turn out at the event, ad­ding that more artistes had signed up for the next event.

“I didn’t ex­pect so many peo­ple to come for the Bulawayo Jam Ses­sion. So far we’ve had over 20 artistes who want to per­form in the next Jam Ses­sion which is en­cour­ag­ing,” said Khuliyo.

He said the next ses­sion would likely be held on Au­gust 24.

Large City Hall Car Park FRESH from his Amer­i­can and Cana­dian tour, mu­si­cal sen­sa­tion Jah Prayzah will to­mor­row launch his al­bum Md­hara Vachauya. He will be sup­ported by Ninja pres­i­dent Winky D and hip hop king Cal_Vin.

Elite 400 Cal_Vin will to­mor­row night launch his 7th al­bum Planet Vin at a show dubbed “Made in Bulawayo”. Maw­iza, Frost, As­aph, GTi, Mzoe7, Cliff Jeans, Su­per Geeks, Te3vo, Bry­three­sixty, Jun­gle Bwoi, Crys­talline and DJs Skaiva and Arnold will as­sist him un­veil his lat­est ad­di­tion.

Club 263 The new joint lo­cated at what was for­merly Cloud 9 of­fi­cially opens its doors with a three-day party that started yes­ter­day and comes to an end to­mor­row. Harare DJs Fu­jee and Garry B and pro­ducer Oskid as well as 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 tonight at what has been dubbed “The long­est DJ marathon”. To­mor­row, Harare’s DJ Rax will be joined for “Satur­day Night’s Party Cruise” by Bulawayo DJs.

Pri­vate Lounge Tonight the club’s sexy strip­pers will en­ter­tain rev­ellers with their sug­ges­tive dances. To­mor­row dancers will be out in full force for “Se­duc­tive Satur­days”. The ac­tion con­tin­ues on Sun­day with DJs Tawaz, Sweeto and Del­roy on the ones LAST week, South Africa’s Mi Casa and Zim­babwe’s Am­mara Brown and Tehn Di­a­mond con­verged in Bulawayo to record a song to­gether at Ingwe Stu­dios.

Although de­tails of what the song will be about are still sketchy with all camps mum, the trio spent hours in the stu­dio work­ing on the song.

“We’re still in the pre­lim­i­nary stages of the song. We’re yet to sit down and dis­cuss what we’ll use the song for or how and when it’ll be re­leased. I think in a month, we’ll have a clearer pic­ture,” said Tsungi Zvobgo, Am­mara’s man­ager.

Zen­zele Nde­bele, co-owner of Ingwe Stu­dios, said the col­labo was an ac­knowl­edg­ment that the stu­dio could pro­duce mu­sic of in­ter­na­tional qual­ity.

Sit­u­ated in the leafy sub­urb of Hill­side, Ingwe Stu­dios has recorded al­bums for artistes such as all-fe­male acapella group Nobuntu, afro jazz mu­si­cian Jeys Mara­bini and Mas’kandi mu­si­cian Tsh­wal­abeny­oni. The stu­dio is also used for record­ing episodes of comedic car­toon strip The Bulawayo Show. With two stu­dios on the premises and twos.

Dragon’s Den (Nes­bit Cas­tle) DJs Ja­son Le Roux, Bhana, Ryan Synth, VJ Barry and Vic­tor Bravo will dish out Deep House tunes to­mor­row.

Club Eden Tonight it’s the “Feel Good Fri­days” with res­i­dent DJs Kananjo, Keezy and Kead Wikead. DJ Tune­mas­ter takes over to­mor­row backed by the club’s res­i­dent DJs.

Hori­zon Night Club To­mor­row there will be three events – “Shots and Cham­pagne party”, “Made in Bulawayo af­ter party” and hip hop artiste Trykun Sherati launch of his sin­gle Izolo. DJs Joe the OG, Miles, La­custo, Que Bass and Lasky will be on ro­ta­tion.

T-Junc­tion Sports Bar (New Loben­gula) Tonight it’s the “Phuza Fri­days and Kasi Vibes” with res­i­dent DJs Mavesto, Houzen and Buthoz. The trio re­turn to­mor­row for the “Groove Fi­esta”. The “Zonke Bonke” party ses­sion will be on Sun­day.

New Emagu­meni Sports Bar (Bar­bour­fields) Res­i­dent DJ Mavala will kick start fes­tiv­i­ties at the joint tonight. DJs Musky and DJ Zaza­sto take over to­mor­row. On Sun­day DJ Mavala bat­tles it out head to head with DJ Musky.

The Lounge A “Week­end Club­bing Fever” hosted by DJs J.za and Keezy is on tonight. DJ J.za and Cris Rocx take cen­tre stage — two live record­ing ar­eas and a vo­cal booth, the stu­dio has in­stru­ments that in­clude gui­tars and amps among many oth­ers.

“This is tes­ti­mony that there’s a stu­dio in Bulawayo that’s ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing mu­sic of in­ter­na­tional qual­ity. If Mi Casa, Am­mara and Tehn Di­a­mond can con­verge at our stu­dios and use the fa­cil­i­ties to record, there’s no ex­cuse from other artistes to pro­duce poor qual­ity mu­sic,” said Nde­bele.

He said artistes should take it upon them­selves to cre­ate qual­ity mu­sic and col­lab­o­rate with for­eign artistes.

“Bulawayo artistes should take the ini­tia­tive and stop com­plain­ing of not get­ting op­por­tu­ni­ties and cre­ate their own. No one owes them any­thing and no one will do them favours and life only re­wards those who work hard.”

For years, lo­cal artistes es­pe­cially those in Bulawayo have been be­moan­ing the fact that some lo­cal pro­mot­ers do not want to fa­cil­i­tate record­ing time with in­ter­na­tional artistes, de­scrib­ing them as wolves in sheep’s cloth­ing. The pro­mot­ers have how­ever shot back say­ing they did not owe any­one a favour and were busi­ness­peo­ple who want to make a profit at the end of the day. Some of the pro­mot­ers have said some in­ter­na­tional acts were not in­ter­ested in do­ing col­la­bos with lo­cal mu­si­cians. to­mor­row dur­ing the “Sum­mer Warm up party”. DJ Kananjo and J.za will pro­vide the best of Stokvel mu­sic on Sun­day.

Club Forty40 Strip­pers, the Naked Weapons will tonight en­ter­tain rev­ellers on the strip­per pole backed by the club’s res­i­dent DJs. To­mor­row; Zim­dance­hall artistes will wit­ness the Heart At­tack Rid­dim launch by Dem Boys.

Ace Lounge New Age Dance Group will tonight take cen­tre stage. To­mor­row Bulawayo Queens and Kings take over with the help of DJ Sbali. On Sun­day Shosholoza Dance Group will be on stage sup­ported by DJ Sim­ple Stu­dio.

Emakhan­deni Cricket Sports Bar The “Funky Fri­days” take cen­tre stage tonight with DJs Mavesto, Nkosi and Eigh­teen. To­mor­row it’s the “PreSum­mer Party” with res­i­dent DJs. On Sun­day, Old School will be played by DJs Mavesto, Nkosi and Eigh­teen.

Nketa 8 Sports Bar Tonight it’s Ladies Night with DJs Hen­rix, Tshola and Nkan­dura. The Black Skies Fam­ily will to­mor­row en­ter­tain pa­trons. Le­gends Sports Diner (Khu­malo) DJ Vul­can will from to­day right un­til Sun­day host a “Retro Mo­town style” week­end with Shosholoza Dance group.

Amarra Brown and J Some­thing share notes at Ingwe Stu­dios

Mzoe 7, Leek­tonic thrilled crowd at Byo Jam Ses­sion

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