Big bash for a big man

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SHOWBIZ - An­drew Moyo

BIG Dol­lar Brice turns 28 on Wed­nes­day, and a string of par­ties have been lined up to cel­e­brate his day across Harare.

On Wed­nes­day Hollys Ho­tel kicks off the fes­tiv­i­ties with Solomon’s Life­style Café host­ing the party on Fri­day; and the par­ty­ing cli­maxes on Sun­day at Mo­tor Ac­tion Sports Club. The birth­day boy is the res­i­dent MC at the three venues.

Big Dol­lar Bruce, real name Bruce Mereki, is larger than life, lit­er­ally. But his per­son­al­ity is also big, and it is no coin­ci­dence that his birth­day is be­ing cel­e­brated at joints that cross the class di­vide. He is among the top MCs in the cap­i­tal and rightly so, hav­ing been in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try for over a decade.

Big Dol­lar Bruce ap­peals to both the rich and the not-so-af­flu­ent. Whether he is be­hind the mic at Mereki Splash, or host­ing an ex­clu­sive event at an up­mar­ket spot, the MC knows to in­ter­act with all crowds. His hu­mour and knowl­edge of trends gives him an edge over his peers in the game.

“You have to make sure that the peo­ple you are talk­ing to can re­late to what­ever you are say­ing if you are to make an im­pact,” Big Dol­lar Bruce told The Sun­day Mail Society last week.

“If I am host­ing an event in the ghetto and start mak­ing jokes which con­tain as­pects that ghetto youths might not un­der­stand be­cause they might just be pop­u­lar north of Samora (Machel Av­enue), it will be point­less be­cause they will not get it. “Over the years I have learnt to adapt to the var­i­ous crowds that I will be en­ter­tain­ing, mak­ing sure that what­ever I say is un­der­stood by who­ever I am ad­dress­ing.” Ven­tur­ing into the show­biz in­dus­try in 2008, the MC sharp­ened his skills un­der the tute­lage of sound houses like Judge­ment Yard, Bad­boy Fam­ily and Red Fox Fam­ily, among other.

The rise of Spencer Madziya’s Plat­inum En­ter­tain­ment would be piv­otal as he be­came a prom­i­nent fig­ure in the en­ter­prise. From the days of host­ing ses­sions at Beer En­gine to present-day Mo­tor Ac­tion ex­ploits, the plus-sized MC has earned his stripes. In ad­di­tion to Plat­inum En­ter­tain­ment, he is also as­so­ci­ated with var­i­ous other en­ter­tain­ment com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Devine As­sign­ments and ZimSound. Big Dol­lar Bruce also does wed­dings and other pri­vate events.

“Back in the day I was just host­ing on the club scene and live shows but now peo­ple are book­ing me for many other events that in­clude wed­dings and cor­po­rate func­tions.”

It is hard to be­lieve that this guy started off as a tout at Kwa Mereki braai area in War­ren Park.

Big Dol­lar

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