2018 shuts down as 2019 beck­ons

While coals from braai stands that were put to use dur­ing Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions have gone cold, the cli­max of the fes­tive sea­son has just ar­rived.

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - An­drew Moyo

NEW Year’s Eve, the big­gest of them all, takes over to­mor­row. It is with­out a doubt one of the busiest days on the leisure scene, and mer­ry­mak­ers around the coun­try are al­ready sali­vat­ing at the prospect of the count­down and even­tual cross­over into 2019.

Fun lovers are spoilt for choice as there are many shut­down events lined up to cel­e­brate the birth of 2019.

Be­low are a few in­ter­est­ing op­tions for those that love to party.

The Zam­bezi Vic Falls Car­ni­val

With most of the ma­jor shut­down par­ties tak­ing place in the cap­i­tal, the re­sort town of Vic­to­ria Falls is host­ing the big­gest of them all - the Zam­bezi Vic Falls Car­ni­val.

This jam­boree, which al­ready took off yes­ter­day with a Train and Bush Party, is epic in ev­ery sense. To­day nu­mer­ous ma­jor artistes, in­clud­ing Lady Za­mar, Black Mo­tion and Fresh­ly­ground, to name a few, will set Vic Falls Pri­mary School ablaze, as they head­line the Elec­tric Sa­fari Con­cert, the main event for the car­ni­val’s sec­ond day.

The ex­cite­ment reaches boil­ing point to­mor­row with the Unity New Year’s Con­cert, where thou­sands of mer­ry­mak­ers from around the world con­verge to make the fi­nal count­down into 2019.

It comes as no sur­prise that Prince Kay­bee has been tasked with ush­er­ing the crowd into the new cal­en­dar year con­sid­er­ing the ex­cep­tional set he pulled off at the last edi­tion.

Other artistes per­form­ing to­mor­row in­clude Am­mara Brown, Mokoomba, Fly­ing Bantu and BCUC.

Zim Dance­hall Shut­down gig

Some­thing spe­cial will be hap­pen­ing at City Sports Cen­tre in the cap­i­tal: the Zim Dance­hall 2018 Shut­down gig, which boasts of the strong­est artiste line-ups this year, takes cen­tre stage.

Ex­pected to shut it down for the reg­gae-dance­hall faith­ful are the likes of Dadza D, Soul Jah Love, Enzo Ishall, Ba­zooka, Free­man, Kin­nah, Seh Calaz, Hwindi Pres­i­dent, Blot, Natty O and Judge­ment Yard, among a plethora of other artistes.

Zim dance­hall has al­ways been a com­pet­i­tive genre where artistes are con­stantly fight­ing for the num­ber one spot, and this gig seems to have all the hall­marks of the year’s fi­nale.

There have been ar­gu­ments with re­gards to who is on top of the game at the mo­ment and that might just be put to bed to­mor­row, where all the heavy­weights, both new and vet­er­ans, share the stage.

Those who have at­tended Zim dance­hall gigs at the City Sports Cen­tre can con­firm that the at­mos­phere is al­ways elec­tric.

A dif­fer­ent ‘Fill Up HICC’

Thomas “Mukanya” Map­fumo is a mu­si­cal giant. He proved this when he staged the Big Bira early this year, which at­tracted thou­sands of mu­sic lovers at the Glamis Arena in Harare.

To­mor­row he at­tempts the same feat when he takes his act to the Harare In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, mark­ing an end to a coun­try­wide tour that be­gan on De­cem­ber 7.

While some of the gigs dur­ing the tour did not go very well, the fi­nal show is likely to be dif­fer­ent, con­sid­er­ing that Map­fumo has a strong fan base in the cap­i­tal.

When it comes to live per­for­mances, this is one mu­si­cian whose stage pres­ence is noth­ing short of amaz­ing.

With the Harar­i­ans tired of the usual faces at the ‘Fill Up HICC’ con­certs, this will be a re­fresh­ing show, a dif­fer­ent vibe for a count­down into the New Year.

2 in 1 at Con­nect NYE Party

Con­nect has taken the cap­i­tal’s nightlife by storm since open­ing its doors last month.

To­mor­row the night­club hosts a mas­sive party which will have two sep­a­rate dance floors cater­ing for dif­fer­ing tastes.

While the lower deck will be pound­ing hip-hop and dance­hall num­bers, those who love house and elec­tro mu­sic will be danc­ing the night away in the up­per deck.

It will be like hav­ing two par­ties un­der one roof, real value for money as some would say.

Hav­ing hosted many in­ter­est­ing con­cepts these past few weeks, the club’s management has de­cided to kiss 2018 good­bye with a bang. This is one party not to miss for those who are not keen on go­ing to live gigs and pre­fer hav­ing a blast in the con­fines of a club set­ting.

Eclipse steals the lime­light

Eclipse has grown to be one of the most pop­u­lar nightspots in the CBD and to­mor­row they are host­ing a New Year’s Eve party. Last year, they suc­cess­fully held a sim­i­lar party which at­tracted more than 2500 peo­ple, and this year is set to be even big­ger.

Other op­tions

There are sev­eral other events that have been or­gan­ised to usher peo­ple into the New Year.

Other leisure spots that will be kick­ing in­clude Horse­box Bar, Club Sankayi, Pablo’z, Pri­vate Lounge, Solomon’s Life­style Café and Motswako, just to name a few.

If the club scene is not for you, an­other op­tion will be at­tend­ing one of the many all-night prayers that will be tak­ing place across the coun­try.

Sir Calaz

Jah Sig­nal

Winky D

Killer T

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