Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
ALICK Macheso and his counterpart Leonard Zhakata will tomorrow lead an array of musicians set to perform at the country’s 41st Independence musical gala slated for HICC.
Dubbed “Zim @ 41 Together Growing Our Economy for A Prosperous, Resilient and Inclusive Society”, the two music stalwarts are part of the strong line-up set to usher Zimbabweans into the Independence Day celebrations.
However, fans will have to watch the proceedings in the comfort of their homes in line of with the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
Besides Macheso and Zhakata, sungura lovers will be spoilt for choice with Mark Ngwazi, Simon Mutambi, Allan Chimbetu, Romeo Gasa and Madlela Skhobokobo representing the genre.
Zim gospel supremo Baba Machanic Manyeruke and Agartha Murudzwa are expected to bless the event along with Amos Mahendere.
Urban grooves stars EXQ, T-Gonz, Good Child are part or the line-up along with Juntal, Sandra Ndebele, Jays Marabini, Mbare Chimurenga Choir, LMG Choir, Madhonza Makuru, Iyasa, Bruce Machingura and Enzo Ishall.
Principal Information officer Lenex Mandipaza who is coordinating the gala said it was all systems go.
“A total of 23 groups will take part in the event which is expected to start at 6pm before adjourning at 12 midnight.
“Afterwards the event proceeds and is expected to end on the 18th at 6am,” he said.
Mandipaza said the event will be held in line with the Covid-19 restrictions where a limited number of guests has been invited.
“We are going to observe all the Covid-19 protocols where a few guests from our parent Ministry, party and selected members of the public will be allowed to attend the gala.
“We want to make it clear that the public won’t be allowed inside to ensure that we minimize numbers,” he said.
Judging by the line-up released this week, fun and variety is guaranteed at the gala set to usher Zimbabweans into the 41st Independence.
It is also a balanced line-up of musicians where event organisers went full circle and compiled a list from all genres.
Added to that, all the cities major cities of the country are well represented in the list which has since the appeal of the event.
It should also be mentioned that showbiz gurus of Baba Manyeruke is also another positive worth mentioning as the iconic singer is set to add decency.
Meanwhile, event organisers said preparations are well on course with all the artistes in the line-up raring to go.