Byo artistes unite for #Fil­lUpWhiteCity

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Nh­lal­wenhle Ngwenya Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

NOW and then, Bulawayo artistes have been slated for fail­ing to work to­gether to push and pro­mote their mu­sic.

But if the show that was held at White City Sta­dium at the week­end is any­thing to go by, then lo­cal artistes seem to have found a com­mon mu­si­cal voice.

The much hyped show dubbed, “Fill Up White City Sta­dium” lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions as hun­dreds of peo­ple braved the driz­zling weather to watch Bulawayo’s gal­axy of mu­si­cians tak­ing to the stage.

The con­cept hit the right chord as it of­fered di­verse gen­res of mu­sic rang­ing from Hip-Hop, Rhumba, Gospel and Pop mu­sic, giv­ing the Bulawayo au­di­ence a wide palate to sample from.

Prob­a­bly a first of its kind, the show man­aged to draw mostly en­ter­tain­ment starved youths from Mpopoma, Mag­wegwe, Mzi­likazi, Njube, New Loben­gula and Pu­mula high den­sity sub­urbs.

Live en­ter­tain­ment in these sub­urbs is not a reg­u­lar fea­ture as most big shows in the city are usu­ally held at prime venues like Queens Sports Club and Harts­field Rugby Grounds.

“We hope we’re go­ing to be re­ceiv­ing more shows of this na­ture in the sub­urbs. The venue here is cen­tral to us so we can eas­ily at­tend and go home af­ter the show with­out any trans­port has­sle,” said one of the youths who at­tended the show.

But there are some who feel the show could have been a huge suc­cess if it had been fairly ad­ver­tised.

The show proved to be a fair first at­tempt for united Bulawayo artistes as it went on un­til the wee hours of the morn­ing with a live broad­cast from ZBCtv.

Obe­diah Mat­u­lane, who was among the per­form­ers, said he was thrilled by the sup­port they got.

“I wish we could have more shows of this mag­ni­tude. This proved that Bulawayo has the ca­pac­ity to host big shows and that the peo­ple are very sup­port­ive be­cause they came to the venue de­spite the rains,” he said.

Young artistes like Gu­luva 7, Mzoe 7 and Umkhathi proved their worth as they took to the podium and showed why they are be­com­ing house­holds names in the coun­try. Jeys Mara­bini also gave a splen­did per­for­mance. As usual, Cle­ment Mag­waza was the high­light of the show as he left the au­di­ence in a frenzy and plead­ing for more.

In gen­eral, all the artistes who per­formed seemed to have a point to prove as they gave the event their best.

Jeys Mara­bini

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