Kalawa Home­com­ing count­down starts

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Farming - Sun­day Life Correspondent

AS OC­TO­BER comes to an end and the fes­tive sea­son draws nearer, peo­ple’s at­ten­tion will now start to shift to their plans for those event­ful weeks in the month of De­cem­ber.

For some the fes­tive sea­son means re­con­nect­ing with their ru­ral roots, with the cus­tom­ary visit at the end of the year sup­posed to make sure that they do not lose touch with the land of their ori­gin.

For oth­ers how­ever, the dance floor of their favourite en­ter­tain­ment spot will pro­vide some a suit­able home away from home.

In Bu­l­awayo, De­cem­ber al­ways mean party time as new fash­ion and style floods the City of Kings as troops of Zim­bab­weans based in South Africa make the trip north of the Lim­popo.

In the City of Kings, De­cem­ber also means it is time for the Kalawa Home­com­ing. Oskido’s an­nual mu­sic fete has re­shaped how peo­ple cel­e­brate dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son in Bu­l­awayo, mak­ing ev­ery 27 De­cem­ber the most an­tic­i­pated day on the fes­tive sea­son party cal­en­dar.

This week Kalawa Jazmee spokesper­son Arthur “Scotch” Ma­thenga re­vealed to Sun­day Life that al­though they had not yet fi­nalised their fi­nal line-up, they were go­ing to re­veal the full roaster in the next few weeks.

“We haven’t de­cided on the line-up yet but what I can say is that we will be do­ing so soon,” he said.

Kalawa’s headache, as is al­ways the case ev­ery year, will be com­ing up with a line-up that can con­vince rev­ellers in the City of Kings to part with their hard earned cash dur­ing what may be a rough fes­tive sea­son. While the la­bel is tight-lipped on who will grace this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties, Sun­day Life took a look at some of the artistes that might make the sixth edition of the Kalawa Home­com­ing one to re­mem­ber.

This time last year, when again all eyes were on what the Kalawa Home­com­ing line-up would look like, there were ru­mours in lo­cal show­biz cir­cles that Oskido planned to make the mu­sic ex­trav­a­ganza a Nige­ria dom­i­nated af­fair, with Davido and ri­val Wizkid set to go head to head in the same man­ner in which Cassper Ny­ovest and AKA had done the pre­vi­ous year.

How­ever, the whis­pers did not come to bear fruit and the Kalawa Supremo did not bring any West African act. Fast for­ward a year later and the case to bring Davido to the City of Kings is as strong as ever. The Nige­rian has dom­i­nated playlists in Bu­l­awayo nightspots and par­ties this year with hits like If mak­ing him a guar­an­teed party starter and crowd favourite.

The Nige­rian has pledged to make up for his aborted show in the cap­i­tal and with the mur­der con­tro­versy that plagued him a few weeks ago start­ing to clear up, fans in the City of Kings would love to see him in ac­tion dur­ing t h e fes­tive sea­son.

The Nige­rian does not come cheap and get­ting African mu­sic’s man of the mo­ment would kill the whis­pers of those say­ing the Kalawa Home­com­ing’s glory days are be­hind it.

Bruce Ndlovu

After dom­i­nat­ing for most of last year fol­low­ing the suc­cess of his hit-laden de­but al­bum, many thought that one of the break­through acts of the year would be a shoe in for the 2016 edition of the pop­u­lar mu­sic ex­trav­a­ganza.

How­ever, Oskido had other ideas and a year after he had brought AKA and Cassper to Bu­l­awayo, a move that many thought sig­nalled that Oskido had warmed up to hip-hop, he did not bring any ma­jor rap act with him.

A year later, Em­tee is still a hot star. The word­smith has brought his own unique take on the genre and many are tip­ping him as a wor­thy chal­lenger for the throne that has re­sulted in a three year old feud be­tween Ny­ovest and AKA.

The rap­per re­cently re­leased Manando, an al­bum that crit­ics in South Africa are al­ready hail­ing as one of the best while a sin­gle by the same name is cur­rently caus­ing headaches for other rap­pers as it shoots to the top of the charts. The rap­per’s mu­sic has also found favour in Bu­l­awayo if playlists in lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment joints over the past two years are any­thing to go by.

Pro­fes­sor The “Prof ” is the peren­nial De­cem­ber “hit-man”. With the fes­tive sea­son in his sights, Pro­fes­sor rarely misses, pro­duc­ing un­for­get­table party an­thems whose echoes will be heard long after the joys of the fes­tive sea­son have been re­placed by the pains and stresses that come with a new year. Over a decade since he burst on the scene, he seems to have not lost a step, con­tin­u­ing to give fans the sort of beats the di­rect rev­ellers to the dance floors and sing-along melodies that will leave many with sore throats come De­cem­ber.

His sin­gle Nobenga seems to be get­ting pop­u­lar at the right time, while Kalawa in­sid­ers who have heard two sin­gles from his up­com­ing al­bum say Prof ’s reign as the king of De­cem­ber is set to con­tinue a while longer.

One of the break­out acts of 2017, the youth­ful Dur­ban duo has been noth­ing short of sen­sa­tional this year. While gqom, a sub-genre of house mu­sic born in Dur­ban, has been pop­u­lar in their home­town over the last cou­ple of years, the two have man­aged to take the genre out­side Kwazulu Natal and be­yond South Africa. Hits like Shut up and Groove have dom­i­nated this year while they have also pro­duced chart top­pers for fel­low Dur­ban lu­mi­nar­ies like DJ Tira and Babes Wo­dumo. The duo has al­ready done dam­age in Bu­l­awayo, blow­ing up the speak­ers at Club Con­nect dur­ing a lively set. The sound sys­tem at the Home­com­ing would no doubt prove equal to the task of tam­ing their ear thump­ing beats.

Al­though the an­nounce­ment that Winky D and Jah Prayzah would be part of the line-up at last year’s Home­com­ing raised dust, the for­mer proved that the de­ci­sion was jus­ti­fied with a brief, but elec­tri­fy­ing dis­play. As pleas­ing as that per for­mance was, the Ninja Pres­i­dent’s set was painfully short, with many fans feel­ing short­changed after he was ush­ered off stage after what seemed like the blink of any eye. A re­peat per­for­mance is in or­der.

Distruc­tion Boyz

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