Inauguration gala lives up to billing

Trust Khosa

MUSIC lovers had a real treat on Monday night when showbiz gurus thrilled fans at President Mnangangwa’s Inauguration Gala at the National Sports Stadium.

Household names like Jah Prayzah led the way as they entertained the crowd.

Buoyed by a rich catalogue of songs, he made his task easier as he played popular tracks with Chiremerera clearly the  crowd’s favourite.

Suluman Chimbetu, who is famed for his well-choreographed acts, also had a good day in office.

He left fans clamouring for more as he churned out his own hits and those scripted by his late father Simon “Chopper” Chimbetu.

He has since beefed up his frontline by adding his cousin Douglas Chimbetu, among the backing vocalists.

Like any other high profile event, gospel music is needed for that spiritual touch.

And, the first family of gospel music, Pastor Charles Charamba and his wife Oliva –  got the honours to bless the event.

Despite keeping a low profile nowadays, the Charambas proved they are still a class act.

Peter Moyo also played his part.

He has managed to keep the bulk of instrumentalists, chanters and dancers who served his late father Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo.

As expected, the flawless musical extravaganza paraded the best of both worlds – new   and old school – as event organisers managed to strike a balance.

Energetic performer Jah Signal was the toast of the day as he represented the Young Turks of showbiz with pride.

And, of course, there is always Sandra Ndebele.

At 41, she dances and performs like a 20-year-old as she still has the energy, passion and talent.

Andy Muridzo, Chief Hwenje and a host of other Zim dancehall chanters also graced the event.

The lighting was superb while the general flow of the event was awesome.

The sound was also perfect, an indication the event organisers have heeded the calls from artists.

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