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THERE is no doubt the good old times are back for revellers as quality entertainment is now guaranteed.

With more foreign artists regularly visiting our shores for high-profile gigs, Zimbabwe is fast becoming a showbiz haven. Whether the visitors deliver or not is a question for another day. What is certain is that the entertainment landscape is buzzing once again.


From the likes of South African energy goddess Makhadzi, DJ Maphorisa, Black Diamond to Focalistic, it has been fun for the party-loving people in the past weeks. On Independence’s Eve, all the focus will be on Nigerian star Joeboy, who is set to share the stage with Jah Prayzah at Borrowdale Race Course.

Last weekend, South African rapper Focalistic was the main man in town.

The pint-sized rapper thrilled fans with a polished act at the HICC, thanks to More Entertainment (Soft Life) under the leadership of Letmore Mbidzo.

Like any other show, there are always talking points each time such high-profile events take place. Some of the observations from showbiz watchers can be damning but helpful.


The HKD boss, who has invested in a live band is now reaping rewards from the huge investment he made. Unlike most Zim dancehall artists, who are still playing backtracks, Freeman showed that he is evolving.


Not only is the Joina City hit-maker maturing with each passing day but he is striking the right chords.

Buoyed by a catalogue of sing-along tracks, the former football star simply nailed it. To say he had a good day in office would be an understatement.

l    Winky D

As expected, Winky D hardly put a foot wrong but he had a false start due to technical glitches.

He, however, wowed the fans after the sound was restored. Energetic emcee Merciless Zimbabwe introduced the Ninja president who was clad in a gold-and-black outfit.

Winky D

Exuding confidence as ever, the Kambuzuma-bred chanter gave fans a sleek selection of club-bangers. At times, Winky would only sing a chorus and let the fans chant the whole song. Winky has since roped in two female backing vocalists who seem to be gelling well with the other members of the Vigilance Clan.


The Chairman, as the Mbare-bred chanter is fondly known, boasts of hits on his discography but he seems slacking on assembling a live band.

By his own admission after his performance, he said he was now busy assembling a band to ensure there is improvisation.

“I have realised the need to have a live band because it helps me to improvise as was the case with the other artists. We have assembled a band but we could not take a risk to perform here since we are still gelling,” he said.


Like Killer T, Stunner seems to be comfortable playing backtracks; but at his age we expect him to reinvent the wheel.

Stunner is still a force to reckon with but he has been doing the same thing for over two decades.

As for Enzo, he had a good day in the office but there is still room for improvement.


The singer showed that rehearsals and fitness remain key in showbiz. The fitness bunny, who has been spending much of her time in the gym, reminded fans of the old Sandra Ndebele of the early 2000s. Backed by a live band, she paraded new dancers who showed the hunger to impress.

Sandra (left) performing with a dancer

And it was indeed a night to remember for Sandy who has won hearts by singing in both Shona and Ndebele.


Merciless Zimbabwe and Abisha Palmer proved they were used to big crowds as they engaged well with the fans. It was the duo of Fally Ipupa Junior and Tariro Gezi, who had a nightmarish show.

There was no chemistry between the pair.

As for Tariro, who replaced Madam Boss, she should never be allowed anywhere near the microphone. She was star-struck to the extent that she could be seen begging for “selfie” moments with artists at a time she is supposed to coordinate the stage.


The rapper went back to his hotel room richer after a woman stormed the stage and splashed wads of US$100 notes. His team could not resist the offer as they collected all the money she splashed.

The “mysterious” woman challenged all the men in the building as she splashed real money.

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