A trou­bled Kalawa Home­com­ing

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

THIS year’s edi­tion of the Oskido’s an­nual Kalawa Home­com­ing has not been spared by the eco­nomic con­di­tions pre­vail­ing in the coun­try, with the usu­ally open air, star-stud­ded event set to take place at Cos­mopoli­tan Night Club, in­stead of the usual Queens Sports Club while only a hand­ful of heavy­weight acts are set to fea­ture.

The or­gan­is­ers of this year’s event have been un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally mum in the run-up to this year’s ex­trav­a­ganza, an event that has dom­i­nated the fes­tive sea­son in Bu­l­awayo, set­ting down a marker for all events that are held in the City of Kings.

The si­lence, it turns out, has been for a good rea­son, as it turns out that the or­gan­is­ers have de­cided to move the gig to the lo­cal night club while South African acts Bu­siswa and Malumz on Decks are the only artistes that will per­form along­side Oskido this year.

How­ever, with only a few weeks to go to the an­nual fete, fans have still not been given the fi­nal line-up of acts, while the usual ad­ver­tis­ing blitz that pre­cedes the show has been non-ex­is­tent on the streets of Bu­l­awayo.

In what might come like a knife plunged into the hearts of party lovers in Bu­l­awayo, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the gig con­firmed that the show would, for the sec­ond year run­ning, not re­turn to its tra­di­tional home, Queens

Sports Club, as or­gan­is­ers try to cut costs.

Last year, Oskido’s an­nual home­com­ing was moved to Amazulu

Sports Club as Queens un­der­went ren­o­va­tions for the Cricket World

Cup Qual­i­fiers that went on to be held ear­lier this year. The de­ci­sion to move the gig to a lo­cal club was taken on

Tu e s d ay af­ter­noon.

“There was a meeting on Tues­day and it was de­cided that the venue be shifted to a lo­cal club be­cause in the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion it is not con­ducive to host the gig at Queens Sports Club. The de­ci­sion to shift the venue is fi­nal and there’s no go­ing back on that,” said one of the gig’s or­gan­is­ers who spoke to Sun­day Life on con­di­tion of anonymity.

While Bu­siswa and Malumz on Decks had been con­firmed for the 27 De­cem­ber gig, Em­tee and Mlindo the Vo­cal­ist, the two artistes that or­gan­is­ers had promised will grace this year’s gig, would no longer be com­ing. In ad­di­tion, Oskido would not be host­ing his an­nual All White Party, an event that has in the past served as an ap­pe­tiser for the Home­com­ing. In­stead, Oskido’s pro­tégé and South African based kwaito word­smith Diliza will host his own All White Party at Vin­tage Shisha Bar on 24 De­cem­ber.

“There will be no All White party this year. Due to dire eco­nomic con­dit ions Oskido t h ou g ht it would be best if he fo­cused on the Home­com­ing it­self,” said the source.

Hot­shot South African house act, DJ Mapho­risa was also ex­pected to be a part of this year’s Home­com­ing, but with the change of plans he is now ex­pected to per­form at a gig on 21 De­cem­ber at the same venue.

“Mapho­risa had al­ready been booked for the Home­com­ing but with the change of plans he can­not per­form there any­more. In­stead he will per­form at an­other gig on 21 De­cem­ber be­cause he had been paid al­ready,” said the source.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­iser, they had held back on ad­ver­tis­ing for the gig af­ter Tues­day’s de­ci­sive meeting due to the fact that they wanted to in­clude DJ Zinhle on the fi­nal bill.

The owner of Cos­mopoli­tan Night Club, Phathisani Nkomo, con­firmed that both Mapho­risa’s gig and the Home­com­ing were in­deed on the cards, al­though they were still work­ing out the finer de­tails.

“Yes, I can tell you that’s what we had on the cards. How­ever, we can’t ex­actly ad­ver­tise it yet be­cause it’s not ex­actly signed and sealed. We will have con­fir­ma­tion by the end of the day (Fri­day),” he said.

Mean­while, an­other source privy to the go­ings on at Kalawa re­vealed that lo­cal fans had been in for a treat this year be­fore the pow­ers that be at the sta­ble made a U-turn and de­cided to scale back on what they thought would be a loss mak­ing ven­ture.

“It was re­ally touch and go for a while be­cause we thought about can­celling the gig. The news that we were get­ting was not good. It’s a shame be­cause this was sup­posed to be the best Kalawa Home­com­ing ever. I think it was go­ing to sur­pass the gig that had Cassper Ny­ovest and AKA go­ing against each other.

“On this year’s line-up we had Sjava, Mlindo the Vo­cal­ist, Em­tee, Bu­siswa, Oskido, DJ Fresh, Malumz on Decks, DJ Mapho­risa and Winky Dee. It was a line-up that was go­ing to beat any­thing that we’ve ever done with the Home­com­ing but un­for­tu­nately the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion stood in the way.”


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