Jame­son toasts Vic Falls Car­ni­val

Or­gan­is­ers re­duce ticket prices for lo­cals

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - An­drew Moyo

THE Jame­son Vic Falls Car­ni­val, whose stag­ing this year was in doubt over spon­sor­ship is­sues, is back on track.

One of the or­gan­is­ers of the year-end fes­ti­val, Dar­ryn Lee, said he was glad their main spon­sor Jame­son – a whiskey maker – would once again be spon­sor­ing this year’s edi­tion.

“Jame­son are the per­fect spon­sor for the car­ni­val. Noth­ing goes bet­ter with a cel­e­bra­tion than Jame­son on ice,” toasted Lee.

Over the years, lo­cals have been side­lined from the car­ni­val which at­tracts more for­eign­ers be­cause of the steep ticket pric­ing.

This year, or­gan­is­ers have taken heed and are work­ing on a pack­age where lo­cals will be ex­pected to pay less to wit­ness the coun­try’s big­gest year-end party.

“We’ll be launch­ing re­duced lo­cal tick­ets shortly that’ll be avail­able at se­lected out­lets in Vic Falls.”

The fes­ti­val starts with a se­ries of par­ties at var­i­ous venues in the re­sort town with the fa­mous Party Train and Bush Party tak­ing cen­tre stage on De­cem­ber 30.

The fi­nal party on New Year’s Eve wraps things up with elec­tri­fy­ing live per­for­mances at Vic­to­ria Falls Farm School.

Tick­ets for the Train Party have been pegged at $65, while those for the New Year’s con­cert are go­ing for $65 with a two-day pass for both days cost­ing $100. One day tick­ets cost $60.

Lee said this year’s edi­tion, themed “African Car­ni­val”, would be head­lined by LCNVL (Loc­nville), Good Luck, Sketchy Bongo and The Kiff­ness.

Th­ese acts have been top­ping charts on var­i­ous TV chan­nels with hit songs that are set to spice up the big­gest New Year’s cel­e­bra­tion in Zim­babwe.

LCNVL is a multi-award win­ning and best­selling elec­tronic hip-hop duo con­sist­ing of twin brothers An­drew and Brian Chap­lin, whose tracks “Yes­ter­day”, “Sun in my Pocket”, “Closer” and “Wasted” have earned global ap­peal.

Sketchy Bongo re­cently signed for Sony Amer­ica, and with his smash-hit “Take Me Back to the Beach” about to be re­leased glob­ally, he will def­i­nitely bring the per­fect sound to wind up the year.

The Kiff­ness is a tongue-in-cheek play­ful trio the NaMwari sad

She is sur­vived by three chil­dren and a hus­band, made up of Mvelo Shandu, Dave and Mike Scott who al­ways dis­play a great sense of hu­mour in their mu­sic. Their live per­for­mances are a jazzy, groovy and up­lift­ing house mix, which has made them one of South Africa’s favourite live elec­tronic acts.

Tal­ented Vic Falls DJ Fran­cis has once again been en­trusted to rock car­ni­val­ists on the train party.

The pop­u­lar train party, which has in the past four years been held on the first day of the car­ni­val, has been moved to day two.

“We’ve moved the Train Party to the 30th of De­cem­ber so that peo­ple can re­ally have a great time on their last two days of 2016. We’ve also themed it African Car­ni­val and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to re­ally get dressed up,” said Lee.

“The theme for the 31st of De­cem­ber is ‘Unity’ and wher­ever you are from in the world, we want peo­ple to rep­re­sent their own coun­try by wear­ing their tra­di­tional clothes, bring­ing along their flags and paint­ing their faces as we all unite un­der the African skies.”

Lee en­cour­aged peo­ple to come in their num­bers as the car­ni­val - which was fea­tured by CNN as one of the world’s lead­ing fes­ti­vals – was not an av­er­age New Year’s cel­e­bra­tions.

“This fes­ti­val brings thou­sands of ad­ven­tur­ous mu­sic-lovers and adren­a­line junkies from South­ern Africa and all over the world.

“Come for the mu­sic, beauty of Vic Falls and amaz­ing peo­ple but be rest as­sured that what­ever you come for, this year will sur­prise you with so much more.”

More artistes per­form­ing at the three-day fete will be an­nounced later.

Since in­cep­tion as Falls Fest in 2009, the Jame­son Vic Falls Car­ni­val has be­come the premier New Year’s event in South­ern Africa, at­tract­ing thou­sands of rev­ellers from around the world.

Be­sides the fes­ti­val, the re­sort town of Vic­to­ria Falls has so much to of­fer as one of the best tourist des­ti­na­tions in the world.

From adren­a­line junkie thrills like bungee jump­ing to the ex­plo­ration of the falls them­selves, boat cruises on the Zam­bezi and game drives, vis­i­tors are guar­an­teed an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.

Car­ni­val­ists at last year’s car­ni­val

Joyce Simeti

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