Babes Wo­dumo, Pro­fes­sor, DJ Fresh, Big Nuz for Kalawa gig

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

THE wild spec­u­la­tion and heated de­bates about who is go­ing to grace this year’s Kalawa Home­com­ing Party were put to rest yes­ter­day by or­gan­is­ers of the fete af­ter they an­nounced the list of artistes that are set to join Jah Prayzah and Winky D.

If last week’s con­fir­ma­tion of Prayzah and Winky as part of the head­line acts for this year’s show had come as a shock, the rest of the list re­leased yes­ter­day held no such star­tling sur­prises as it read like a roll call of the hottest kwaito and house acts of the last few years.

Vusumuzi Siqal­aba of X-MO Squad con­firmed that Babes Wo­dumo, Big Nuz, Pro­fes­sor and Stiff will be joined by DJs Oskido, Pepsi, Bob­star, Fresh, C’ndo, Zinhle, Mn­gane, Tony Digital, Lyquid DJ and Zenzo (Dublin) for this year’s gig.

Apart from the Gafa and the Soja, Zim­babwe will also be rep­re­sented by DJ Otis “The Flow” Fraser, rap­per Cal_Vin, Babongile Sikhon­jwa, vet­eran ra­dio per­son­al­ity Ezra Tshisa and DJ Sbago.

“The list of per­form­ers is out and we’ve been cleared by Zimra. In the com­ing days we’ll let peo­ple know how much we shall charge as en­trance fees etc,” said Siqal­aba.

The an­nounce­ment of the rest of the list will go some way in sat­is­fy­ing those that felt that the event’s or­gan­is­ers were sev­er­ing it from its roots by the se­lec­tion of the two Zim­bab­wean stars for what has mostly been a kwaito and house mu­sic party since its in­cep­tion.

How­ever, in ret­ro­spect, the in­clu­sion of Jah Prayzah and Winky D in this year’s line-up seems like a mas­ter stroke, as they will per­haps make sure that the show at­tracts rev­ellers from di­verse back­grounds.

Dom­i­nated as it is by DJs, this year’s line-up is cer­tainly dif­fer­ent from what was dished up in the last few edi­tions. 2013 saw Bu­l­awayo rev­ellers dance the night away to the sounds of that year’s block­buster per­form­ers who had dom­i­nated the charts.

This was the year that the world of mu­sic got fully ac­quainted with the ec­cen­tric­i­ties of Dr Malinga af­ter his hit Via Or­lando, while Uhuru and Bu­siswa had also bossed the charts with Y Tjukutja and Ngoku re­spec­tively. Candy’s Tsa maNde­bele, and Heavy K’s Beau­ti­ful War were also hits of note that guar­an­teed their warm re­cep­tion in the City of Kings.

In 2014 the or­gan­is­ers of the gig de­cided to ap­peal to the older gen­er­a­tion and in yes­ter­year Kwaito greats such as Zola, Man­doza, Alaska and Mduduzi Masilela.

Last year, the line up was ar­guably the strong­est, with the likes of AKA, Mafik­i­zolo, Dur­ban Nyts and Cassper Ny­ovest.

While all the names an­nounced for this year’s gig have a few hits up their sleeves, nim­ble footed new­comer Babes Wo­dumo is the hottest of the lot.

DJ Zinhle re­turns to the city where she is now a peren­nial per­former af­ter hav­ing head­lined the All White Party at Hori­zon at the be­gin­ning of the year and the Afro Fu­sion con­cert at Queens Sports Club.

DJ C’ndo, whose for­tunes have waned in the last few years, was last here in 2013 at the now de­funct Bohlingers Tight Party and was sup­posed to per­form last year at a botched Christ­mas party at Hill­side Dams.

Stiff who im­pressed last year are rid­ing high on their hit Um­cimbi where they fea­ture Pro­fes­sor with Big Nuz fea­tur­ing in hits such as Um­sindo by Dur­ban’s finest.

Af­ter giv­ing lo­cals a taste of hip-hop roy­alty last year with AKA and Ny­ovest, the genre is al­most nonex­is­tent at this year’s gig de­spite South Africa’s young hiphop up­starts hav­ing an­other dom­i­nant year.

Babes Wo­dumo

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