Thou­sands at­tend Byo street bash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Show­biz Correspondent

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple turned the nor­mally sleepy cen­tral busi­ness district of Bu­l­awayo into a melt­ing pot of rev­elry as they ush­ered in the New Year dur­ing the Shut­down Street Party.

The street bash was staged be­tween 8th and 9th av­enues, along Ja­son Moyo Street and was the life of the city on New Year’s Eve, with rains threat­en­ing to dampen the party mood ear­lier on.

It was a wel­come move for those who could not af­ford to pay cover charge to en­ter some es­tab­lish­ments of plea­sure in the city. The bash was for free, with be­ing in the VIP only cost­ing you buy­ing a prod­uct from lo­cal food out­let Chicken Inn and pro­duc­ing a re­ceipt.

It was a line-up of Bu­l­awayo’s top DJs such as Liz, Crazy D, Mzoe, Noma that Girl, Skaiva, the duo of Eugy and Babongile Sikhon­jwa which steered peo­ple into the new year.

It went on to prove that lo­cal DJs if given a chance, can hold a crowd of that mag­ni­tude and make them party un­til the break of dawn.

This was some­thing that was miss­ing in the en­ter­tain­ment cal­en­dar in Bu­l­awayo as the only thing that could give rev­ellers that ex­pe­ri­ence, Kalawa Home­com­ing, was sized down.

What was of con­cern though was that in a free show, there is not much one can do to con­trol the crowd that had sur­rounded the venue. There were all forms of char­ac­ters, those who drink them­selves to a stu­por and start sleep­ing on the road, those who turn vi­o­lent at the slight­est provo­ca­tion and of course thieves who had a field day.

Or­gan­iser of the street bash, Nku­l­uleko Nkala said the event was beyond his ex­pec­ta­tion.

“I had never seen so many peo­ple in one spot. I liked that it was peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment although there were one or two fights here and there. But over­all there are shows in the city that have failed to end be­cause of vi­o­lence and shops could have been van­dalised but this didn’t hap­pen which is a plus,” said Nkala.

He com­mended lo­cal DJs for a ster­ling job on the decks de­scrib­ing their sets as top drawer.

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