Byo Jam Session strikes right chord
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.
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