Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
South Africa bound Alick Macheso says their two-year wait to meet their fans across the Limpopo feels like a decade.
The 53-year-old says he feels at home each time he performs in South Africa.
However, Macheso’s curiosity will be healed next week when he tours Gauteng province, thanks XtraTime Entertainment under the aegis of Tongai Mbirimi.
Speaking through his publicist Tich Makahamadze, Macheso’s camp said they were ready for their two shows after 24 months of waiting.
“We have been waiting to meet our fans face to face for almost 24 months after we last performed there in November 2019.
“I never believed that this monster called Covid-19 will make life difficult for us as artistes and we are grateful that public gatherings are now being allowed in South Africa.
“This show is a bit special in that it comes at a time when we are sampling some of our new songs and our fans in South Africa where we are billed to perform will be lucky to hear them,” he said.
Makahamadze who is no doubt Macheso’s most trusted lieutenant conceded it was hard for the Orchestra Mberikwazvo to be away from fans for a while.
“We might be doing other things for a living and of course a few virtual performances here and there but to be honest with you we need fans.
“No matter how we try to adjust to the new normal, it’s every artist’s wish to meet their fans and we hope to represent our country with pride in South Africa,” he added.
In another interview, Xtratime Entertainment representative, Boss Tongai, said it was all systems go.
“We are promising sungura fans two nights of great music in Johannesburg. Guitars, dancing and singing will be the order of the day,” he said.
Boss Tongai who also roped in Zimbabwean acts as curtain-raisers said they will continue giving locals playing their trade across the Limpopo a chance.
“Support acts are artistes based in Johannesburg and whenever there is a big artiste coming from Zimbabwe, we always include then so that they can rub shoulders and exchange music notes.
“So on the line ups, we have Nox, Baba Tencen, Dino Mudondo, Pamela “Gonyeti” Zulu, Darlington Tanganyika and Ras Caleb.
“We do anticipate a night of fun that’s my expectation, I hope the fans come out and we will ensure fans adhere to Covid-19 protocols,” he said.
Like most of his peers who capitalised in numbers, Boss Tongai said they were not spared from the Covid-19 pandemic effects.
“Covid times have been tough, shows have been on hold for almost two years, but with vaccination going on well in SA and also the message of vaccination is what we intend to preach at these shows,” said the Zimbabwe born promoter.
Boss Tongai also saluted Macheso’s handlers for their professionalism.
“Macheso’s management are great guys to work with, they are approachable and I can say we are in this show together meant kufambisa sungura music kumberi.”
Boss Tongai remains hopeful to stage more shows should Covid-19 pandemic is contained.
“If Covid-19 numbers remain low and vaccination drive continues well, we intend to have more Zimbabwean acts on stage in SA for the festive season.
“The list is huge and so diverse of artistes we would like to bring to SA. Let’s keep our fingers crossed,” he said.
Besides Macheso, Xtratime Entertainment has hosted a series of successful shows in South Africa over the years.
These comprise Mukuru Tuku Birthday gigs in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban every year with the late legend Oliver Mtukudzi since 2014 till 2018.
He has also hosted an array of Zimbabwean talent comprising Selmor Mtukudzi, Jah Prayzah, Bryan K, Nox and Sylent Nqo in South Africa.