Blessed Katiyo in Johannesburg
. . . as Dhuterere impresses on debut
THE Shutdown Joburg gig featuring Jah Prayzah and Mambo Dhuterere lived up to its pre-concert hype when over 2 500 fans thronged Platinum Lounge for what became the biggest show of the year featuring Zimbabwean artists.
The show was the brainchild of new kids on the block JJ Productions and Gauteng North Promotions fronted by Tonderayi Checkmaster Macheka and Niederer Mhofela Mupamhadzi. They did their homework well and proved at times experience doesn’t matter in event organization.
Not even drizzling showers and earlier thunderstorms deterred the fans who came in numbers to fill up the outdoor entertainment arena. Show organisers had to pitch numerous tents to ensure fans were comfortable but very few even bothered as they had fun in the rain. Until midnight there long snaking queues as people jostled to get in. Online tickets were sold out two days before the show and some who bought more charged as much as R400 to those stranded at the turnstiles.
There was an array of talent on the night with the likes of Platinum Prince, Joempiano, Blot and Chad Chellart gave good performances. The Journey Band frontman Darlington Tanganyika gave a spirited performance that won the hearts of many with his jazzy beats.
MCs Rico Myers and Badman were on top of their game so did the rotational DJs that included Irie Dread, Firespitter and Mr Gee. Zuva Habane also made an appearance and the “Urban Tete” as she is called got the crowds laughing with her deep vernacular jokes.
Pretoria-based dancers Rule Breakers impressed with their dance moves and clearly marketed themselves well to the thousands who were in attendance
Excitement reached fever pitch when Mambo Dhuterere went on stage in an all-white suit accompanied by his wife who complemented the man-of-the moment’s dress code. He started off with his collaboration with Seh Calaz and the crowd could not resist singing along to his entire playlist that included tracks such as Mweya Ndisesekedze. He looked a bit disappointed though as the sound was intermittent leading to a mini-sound check on stage. He however proceeded to play for at least 40 minutes.
“It was a good show but I wasn’t happy with the time we got. I thought we were going to get at least an hour,” said a rather dejected Dhuterere.
“This is my first fully-fledged show in South Africa and I must say the fans’ reception was been great. I only used to sing at church gatherings but this has been eye-opener and we will keep coming as long as we get a chance,” he added.
Jah Prayzah then took over just after midnight and he got to serious business from the beginning to the end of his two-hour performance. He had fans screaming for more at the end of each track. He however surprised his South African when he strode onto the stage without his trademark military fatigue that many had gotten accustomed to. Many revellers were in military attire.
There was a surprise for the fans when Zahara joined Jah Prayzah on stage a move that was received with some shock by many. The duo did one track before Zahara left.
“I was happy to see the people coming out in numbers despite the rain. It was a huge show and people danced along all night. Kudos to the promoters for putting up a well-organized event. I can’t wait for the next edition, I promise it will be bigger and even better, also my new album will be out by then,” said Jah after the show.
His manager Keen Mushapaidze also weighed in complementing the organization of the show.
“It has been one of the best shows which we have taken part in. The logistics were perfect despite the rain. We always applaud our fans who are always behind us all the the way,” said Mushapaidze.
It was then left to Tocky to wrap up the concert. Many had thought he would struggle after Jah’s performance. He proved them wrong. He gave an energetic performance that probably ranks as his best in SA.
“The show was massive and we’re happy with the support we got from fans as this was our first event. Despite the bad weather, people managed to come in numbers and we could see that indeed entertainment starved,” said Chenjerai Kadzinga on behalf of the organisers. He also paid tribute to Melly Mamoyo of Mvengemvenge who worked behind the scenes to market the gig.