Braai Festival fiesta, a not to miss
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