Braai Fes­ti­val fi­esta, a not to miss

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Farming - Bheku­muzi Ncube Sun­day Life Re­porter

EARLY Christ­mas for braai lovers at the City of Kings as thou­sands of meat kgs are ex­pected to be con­sumed at the in­au­gu­ral Braai Fes­ti­val slated for 4 Novem­ber at Bu­l­awayo Ath­letic Club.

The fes­ti­val is brought by Gesh 23 Records, and is the first of its kind in Bu­l­awayo.

Di­rec­tor of Gesh 23 records, Mar­shal Mpofu said all was set for the much an­tic­i­pated event.

“Prepa­ra­tions for the event are at an ad­vanced stage. As or­gan­is­ers of the event we ex­pect the braai fes­ti­val to be un­for­get­table. The suc­cess of the event will keep us mo­ti­vated as we plan to make the fes­ti­val an an­nual event. It will be an all-night party as the event would take cen­tre stage at 6pm to 6am, the fol­low­ing day,” he said.

Mpofu said there will be braai stands for gango, which is fast be­com­ing peo­ple’s favourate.

“The gate charge for the Braai Fes­ti­val will be $2. Pork, beef and sausages will be avail­able. There will be dif­fer­ent braai stands, and in­clud­ing them will be gango braai stands as we have re­alised that the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple like it,” he said.

Mpofu said peo­ple were pro­hib­ited from bring­ing their own al­co­hol.

“Al­co­hol will be sold in­side the venue; those who will come car­ry­ing their beer will be pre­vented from en­ter­ing the venue. The first 50 ladies to en­ter the venue will re­ceive free cock­tails. Peo­ple should not worry about their drinks be­cause the prices will be the same as the nor­mal shop rates,” he said.

Mpofu urged peo­ple to avoid vi­o­lence that could crip­ple the suc­cess and im­age of the event.

“It’s a com­mon thing that when peo­ple are drunk they are in­volved in squab­bles. Gesh 23 Records will be hum­bled if peo­ple try by all means nec­es­sary to pre­vent un­wanted be­hav­iour. To all peo­ple who will make it to the fes­ti­val let’s make it a beau­ti­ful and mem­o­rable, day,” he said.

The event that prom­ises to be lit will see top Bu­l­awayo DJs namely Kananjo, Carlo, Slam­mer, Kei­tho and Mzoe lighten the fes­ti­val with crack­ing per­for­mances.

House vo­cal­ist, Paula, who re­cently launched her de­but al­bum, is also set to wow peo­ple with her in­cred­i­ble voice.

VD: Van Moyo, how did you get into com­edy and what is your great­est achieve­ment to date?

NM: I got into com­edy via pub­lic speak­ing in 2004 when I was do­ing my Lower Six at Lu­veve High School. I used to make hu­mor­ous speeches and skits un­til my friend Mun­yaradzi Gova told me to take it se­ri­ously after I dropped out of law school.

My great­est achieve­ment has been cre­at­ing Umahlek­isa Com­edy Club, the only hu­mour ser­vices provider in Zim­babwe and keep­ing it afloat de­spite all chal­lenges.

Umahlek­isa has nur­tured a lot of up­com­ing co­me­di­ans, giv­ing them a plat­form to fur­ther their tal­ent. Some of the co­me­di­ans that have come through the ranks of Umahlek­isa in­clude; Doc Vikela, Mandla Da Comic, Clive Chigubhu, Nomsa MsDee and Sikhany­iso Mlambo.

As Umahlek­isa we have cre­ated a team of be­liev­ers, cre­ated a com­edy au­di­ence, groomed co­me­di­ans, ex­hib­ited at San­ganai/Hlan­ganani tourism expo, cu­rated shows for fes­ti­vals and cur­rently we are work­ing on mak­ing com­edy the choice en­ter­tain­ment for the cos­mopoli­tan per­son.

VD: What has been the low­est point in your performing ca­reer?

NM: When you per­form and peo­ple don’t laugh after pan­ick­ing and los­ing your best lines, it hap­pened to me dur­ing a show with Q Siz­iba, the Late Anopa Makaka and oth­ers at Bu­l­awayo the­atre some years back.

I also feel sorry for up­com­ing co­me­di­ans when they are sub­jected to

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