The Zim-dancehall show “switched off” Hifa 2014 in style as the local chanters delivered top-drawer performances that rubbed off the Freshlyground disappointment.
Whilst top names like Soul Jah Love, arguably the man-of-the-moment in local dancehall, Shinsoman (the Dancehall Father) and Guspy Warrior were missing because of a UK tour, they were not to be missed at the Coca-Cola Green stand last Sunday.
Despite it being a free show, the artistes gave rich performances backed by a magnificent Hotta Fire band that produced excellent riddims while Garry B did the mixing.
Platinum Prince raised the curtain with an energetic delivery that got the big crowd into the mood as they sang and danced along. Opening a show is normally regarded as a challenging task but the youngster successfully discarded the old belief.
The stage and a good standard had been set for Killer T, fresh from a UK tour. He delivered a polished performance.
The maturing Mbare chanter did a marathon of his tracks which proved popular with the audience that sang along in almost every track. Killer T raised the bar higher and left his fans asking for more.
Some have argued that Dadza D, real name Darlington Chizhanje, is the best dancehall stage performer and those who doubt the Chitungwiza-based artiste only needed to be at the Coca-Cola Green to witness his energetic and electric performance to be convinced.
The lanky chanter put the icing on the cake that had been well baked with great performances also coming from Lady Squanda and Ricky Fire.
Godfather Templeman took over the mic in the final hour with Garry B playing tune after tune.
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