Kalawa Home­com­ing gig shifts venue

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

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the Kalawa Home­com­ing Party in Bulawayo have had to shift the pop­u­lar event from Queens Sports Club to Amazulu Sports Club due to the clo­sure of the tra­di­tional venue by Zimbabwe Cricket.

The clo­sure is meant to al­low for re­fur­bish­ment of the cricket venue ahead of the Cricket World Cup qual­i­fiers in March next year.

Or­gan­iser of the Kalawa Home­com­ing, Vusumuzi Siqal­aba of X-MO Squad said they had since iden­ti­fied Amazulu Sports Club as an al­ter­na­tive venue. He said the show’s date – De­cem­ber 27 how­ever re­mains un­changed.

“Amazulu Sports Club which is down the road from Queens Sports Club along Robert Mu­gabe Way will play host to the Kalawa Home­com­ing Party this year. This is due to the fact that Queens will be closed in De­cem­ber so we won’t be able to hold our event there,” said Siqal­aba.

He said the list of per­form­ers will be un­veiled this week.

The chair­man for Bulawayo Metropoli­tan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, Vumi Moyo, said it was sad that they would miss out on cash­ing in on the famed Kalawa party.

“Queens Sports Club will have the whole field scar­i­fied in prepa­ra­tion for next year’s ma­jor World Cup qual­i­fiers. This means that the venue will be un­us­able for at least two to three months. The same process will hap­pen to other venues to be used for the qual­i­fiers de­pend­ing on the state of their fields.

“We’ll be miss­ing out on one of our big­gest cash­cows of the year, the Kalawa show. We usu­ally use that money to main­tain the fa­cil­ity,” said Moyo.

This pub­li­ca­tion is re­li­ably in­formed that the Home­com­ing or­gan­is­ers pay be­tween $3 000 and $5 000 to hire the fa­cil­ity for the show.

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