Dance­hall show­down to close 2018 Judge­men­tYard: Zim dance­hall’s se­cret weapon

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IN 29 days, the world will say good­bye to 2018.

New Year’s Eve is with­out a doubt one of the most cel­e­brated days around the globe, usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied by ex­ces­sive par­ty­ing and re­li­gious pro­ces­sions.

While the HICC has over the last few years hosted some of the big­gest par­ties on the day, this time around the City Sports Cen­tre is hold­ing all the cards as it plays host to the New Year’s Eve Zim dance­hall Shut­down gig.

This is with­out doubt the big­gest dance­hall gig to be held in re­cent times. It fea­tures all of the coun­try’s top chanters, DJs and MCs on the same stage. While there has been a grow­ing trend of gigs with line-ups that are put to­gether along mu­si­cal factional lines, this par­tic­u­lar event breaks all the bar­ri­ers.

From the pi­o­neer­ing voice of Dadza D to the con­tem­po­rary ge­nius of Enzo Ishall, this will be an all-in­clu­sive bash that is meant to sat­isfy ev­ery Zim dance­hall fan.

An ex­plo­sion is def­i­nitely in the works with a cast com­pris­ing of Jah Sig­nal, Soul Jah Love, Seh Calaz, Free­man, Kin­nah, Hwindi Pres­i­dent, Ba­zooka, Blot, Natty O, Judge­ment Yard, Fayah Links, Tem­ple­man and Garry B, just to name a few.

This might not be a clash but it will def­i­nitely be ac­tion packed as ev­ery artiste will be try­ing to prove that they have what it takes to be at the top.

Sev­eral artistes who might eas­ily be de­scribed as relics, hav­ing failed to make any sig­nif­i­cant im­pact this year, will be seek­ing to use this stage to re­deem them­selves or at least prove that they are still in the game.

On the other hand, the cur­rent crop of ris­ing su­per­stars will also want to pro­tect their new-found fame, which sim­ply means they have to bring their A-game as they face off with their icons.

The likes of Dadza D, Seh Calaz, Hwindi Pres­i­dent and Kin­nah need no in­tro­duc­tion when it comes to their prow­ess in rous­ing crowds as they al­ways de­liver elec­tric sets.

While Soul Jah Love has been a crowd favourite for many years, his be­hav­iour has con­trib­uted to the demise of his brand but as long as he shows up at this event, fans are def­i­nitely in for a treat.

And while there might be big­ger artistes than him, Enzo Ishall owns the mu­sic space at the mo­ment and as it stands, he is set to end the year on that strong note. While many up­com­ing artistes fail to de­liver when per­form­ing live on stage, this young men is yet to dis­ap­point.

Just last week he stole the show at Un­plugged af­ter com­ing on as a sur­prise act. He had the crowd singing along to his hits which in­clude “Ndarasa Mbanje”, “Next Time”, “Smart Rino­tan­gira Kut­soka” and “Kan­jiva” to name a few. Another artiste to look out for at this show is Jah Sig­nal, who is cur­rently rid­ing high with new al­bum “Jaya”.

Not only is there enough fire­power in terms of sea­soned live per­form­ers but the crew be­hind turnta­bles are also ca­pa­ble of en­sur­ing that there will not be any short­age of en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing in­ter­vals.

This is a show not to miss for those who will be in Harare on De­cem­ber 31. FOR close to a decade, Judge­ment Yard has man­aged to main­tain its sta­tus as one of the most pop­u­lar brands on the lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment scene.

Ris­ing to pop­u­lar­ity with their mix­tapes and Mad Sun­day con­cept, their con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal dance­hall scene is un­ques­tion­able.

While dance­hall mu­sic is more pop­u­lar in the ghetto, Judge­ment Yard en­joys a cross­over ap­peal, which makes them an as­set as they have taken Zim dance­hall to up­mar­ket au­di­ences.

The group, which cur­rently com­prises of DJ Fl­e­vah, Ether­ton Bee­nie, 2 Bad, Skat­tah and Tawastok has res­i­dency at Club Sankayi where they host their fa­mous Mad Sun­days as well as the Thurs­day ses­sion. Prior to that, they have played at var­i­ous top nightspots, in­clud­ing Red Fox Ho­tel, The Volt, Leg­ends and Inakis to name a few.

The DJ and MC group is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down as they have lately been ex­pand­ing their in­flu­ence beyond lo­cal bound­aries.

They have played in var­i­ous coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, UK, South Africa, Dubai, Cyprus and Botswana, to name a few. Speak­ing to The Sun­day Mail So­ci­ety, DJ Fl­e­vah said he is happy with the re­sponse they are get­ting ev­ery time they stage shows in other coun­tries.

“When we play out­side the coun­try, the re­sponse is al­ways amaz­ing and peo­ple seem to ap­pre­ci­ate us be­cause we are tak­ing Zim­bab­wean mu­sic to them,” said DJ Fl­e­vah.

“Many peo­ple out­side Zim­babwe know about us be­cause of the nu­mer­ous mix­tapes that we have re­leased over the years but it feels great know­ing that those peo­ple also want to see us play live.”

Mean­while, their slot on ZiFM Stereo has be­come a gate­way for many Zim dance­hall artistes, pro­vid­ing them with a plat­form to launch their new projects live on air.

“We are also play­ing our part in up­lift­ing ghetto youths by mak­ing them prom­i­nent sub­jects in the com­mu­nity.

“We make use of the var­i­ous plat­forms at our dis­posal to push their mu­sic.

“Many artistes come to launch their mu­sic on our slot and some of the names that have come through on the plat­form in­clude Jah Sig­nal, Nutty O, Enzo Ishall, Ba­zooka and Boss Pu­ma­col.”

He added that they have lined up a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing events for the fes­tive sea­son.

“We are go­ing to host Winky D be­fore the end of the year at Club Sankayi, which is where we are also set to have our Mad Sun­day An­niver­sary. We are very happy with our strate­gic part­ner­ship with Gin­imbi and we ap­pre­ci­ate how much he val­ues us.”

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