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. . . Apama gives show of a lifetime

Blessed Katiyo in JOHANNESBURG

ALICK Macheso’s much-hyped end of year tour in South Africa lived up to its pre-party hype as the sungura maestro drew massive crowds at the three venues where he was hosted.

Baba Shero, as he is affectionately known by his legion of fans, did not disappoint and gave top drawer performances.

The shows were the brainchild of entertainment company, Rich & Famous, powered by Durotech Solutions.

The Orchestra Mberikwazvo’s first show was in Witbank, a town situated about 140 kms east of Johannesburg, on Friday night, where hundreds converged to get a dose of “Chesology”.

It was the first time a Zimbabwean has ever performed at the Witbank City Hall.

He was supported by the likes of Ice Kid and the evergreen Dino Mudondo.

On Saturday, it was a full house at the Newtown Music Factory.

Not even the R200 general entry fee was a deterrent as hundreds forked out even more to be in the VIP section.

The venue, which is a stone’s throw from the Newtown bus rank, was a hive of activity and by 10pm the arena was already filled to the brim.

The line-up for the day was also good with renowned wheel-spinners and MCs keeping the revellers entertained.

Among those who impressed are DJ Warrior, DJ Inno B and DJ Stramma.

APAMA in action

Warrior 1 frontman DJ Mr Gee was conspicuously absent despite having been on the line-up.

MCees T Boss and Rico Myers kept the crowd hyped up.

Revellers were in for a treat for about an hour before Macheso went on stage.

The ever-improving comedian-cum-artist Apama left fans in stitches with his humorous chants as well as unmatchable dancing talent.

The versatile performer brought his full entourage that had two female dancers.

“This is a night to remember and I am so happy to have performed tonight, especially curtain-raising for a legend like Mudhara Macheso.

“It was indeed an honour,” said the performer.

The entertainment temperature reached fever pitch just before 11pm when the “man himself” strode onto the stage.

Golden oldies such as Mundikumbuke, Madhawu, Shedia, Charakupa and Tafadzwa were warmly received.

He also played new tracks from his new album Tinosvitswa Nashe.

Instrumentalists – drummer Paul Mpofu, Zaka Zaka, Noel Nyazanda and Divine “Wezhira” – never got their notes wrong.


And not to be outdone were the dancers led by Majuice and chanter Jonas Kasamba.

Sadly, the show had to come to an abrupt end a few minutes from 2am.

A group of more than 20 police officers stormed the venue to “monitor” proceedings.

It was possibly a proactive precautionary measure as the national power utility Eskom had advised that there would be load shedding between 2am and 4pm.

“I think the arrival of the police was in some way a blessing in disguise.

“While we were targeting to finish at 4am law enforcement had other ideas and I think it worked well for the safety of all revellers especially after load shedding kicked in,” said promoter Lovemore Mubaiwa better known as Luvrich in the Jozi entertainment circles.

 “We have set a bar and we cannot afford to fail.”

Rich & Famous also has Reason Chikwavira, DJ Dee Vybez and Wiz Mtungwazi in their ranks.

Macheso wound up his whirlwind tour with a gig on Sunday night at the Pavillion in Sunnyside, Pretoria.

Orchestra Mberikwazvo publicist Tich Makahamadze paid tribute to the organisers and Cheso Power fans in Johannesburg.

“We are always humbled by the reception we get as Band reVanhu.

“The fans always trigger us to do even better and we will forever be grateful.

“The logistics from the organisers Rich and Famous were spot on and we can only promise even much more exciting gigs in the future,” said Makahamadze.

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