Godl­wayo Mu­sic Fes­ti­val kicks off

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

FILABUSI is set to re­ver­ber­ate to the sounds of a host of lo­cal mu­si­cians when uGodl­wayo Yithi Mu­sic Fes­ti­val’s in­au­gu­ral edition takes place at the Com­mu­nity Hall on Satur­day.

The fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, Jeys Mara­bini said prepa­ra­tions were at an ad­vanced stage with most ground work hav­ing been done. He said visit­ing Filabusi Cen­tre re­vealed an air of ex­cite­ment and ex­pectancy in the area.

e mu­sic fest will see Jeys Mara­bini head­line a stel­lar cast of mu­si­cians that in­clude Madlela S’khobokhobo, Progress Chip­fumo, San­dra Nde­bele, Zinja Ziyam­luma, Black Um­folosi, Gaz’elim­nyama, Hwabaraty, In­siza Ex­press, Mkhosi and Bhamuza.

“I was in Filabusi on Thurs­day as we read­ied for the event and I was happy to see the ex­cite­ment that has en­gulfed the area. It is cer­tain to push us to give our best acts come the day of the show. Prepa­ra­tions are at an ad­vanced stage and all the mu­si­cians are ready to per­form to a new crowd and give the Filabusi peo­ple a mem­o­rable mo­ment,” said Jeys Mara­bini, whose birth name is Ma­ja­ha­wodwa Ndlovu and hails from

Ngqwele Dube

Filabusi in Mata­bele­land South.

It will be a show not to miss for Filabusi res­i­dents as it will be the first time such a star-stud­ded line-up en­ter­tains them. San­dra Nde­bele’s stock has been ris­ing re­cently after she de­cided to change gen­res from Afro-pop to kwaito/pop/house a move that has seen her pro­duc­ing hits such as “Ngoma” fea­tur­ing Mzoe 7, “Tshi­bi­lika” fea­tur­ing Lee­knotic and “Lizwile” fea­tur­ing South Africa’s Pro­fes­sor.

How­ever, fans can ex­pect her to take them down mem­ory lane with her pre­vi­ous hits and dances on stage that made her a house­hold sen­sa­tion in the coun­try.

Madlela is also cer­tain to have the crowd eat­ing out of his hand with the song, “Ngam­nanka” which has been hog­ging the air­waves and dance floors turn­ing the ac­tor into an overnight singing star.

Fans will also be look­ing for­ward to South African­based, maskandi singer Zinja on stage and some hits they are likely to dance along to in­clude AmaNde­bele, Ma­mawen­gane, Ngi­size Nkosi and Lam­lela among oth­ers.

Jeys urged mu­sic lovers to at­tend the show in their num­bers to ex­pe­ri­ence some great en­ter­tain­ment.

“We de­cided to use the hall so that we ac­com­mo­date most peo­ple, some who may not want to en­ter bars while chil­dren who are not al­lowed at bars will also be able to at­tend. Se­cu­rity will be tight so peo­ple will be se­cure,” he said.

Jeys has hosted sev­eral fes­ti­vals no­table among them Bu­l­awayo Comes Alive and Bu­l­awayo Leg­ends.

He said uGodl­wayo Yithi Fes­ti­val has seen him re­ceiv­ing re­quests for him to or­gan­ise fes­ti­vals in other small towns such as Gwanda, Plumtree and Tsholot­sho. Jeys said they can cul­ti­vate new fans with these shows.

“There are many peo­ple as­sist­ing in host­ing of the fes­ti­val but I would like to ex­press grat­i­tude to the artistes be­cause they did not charge me com­mer­cial rates and only asked for a to­ken and with­out them the show would not be a re­al­ity,” he said, adding that fes­ti­vals are a plat­form for mu s i c i a n s to work to­gether.

Jeys Mara­bini

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