The Sunday Mail
“This festive season will be dull,” some have said.
Good luck telling that to merrymakers in the capital.
Explosive events are actually clashing this coming Saturday.
While the country is currently facing economic challenges, it looks like the leisure scene has remained steadfast. Several promoters have decided to make a big statement during this season.
DJ Stavo and Friends, The Iverson Tour and Madirirano, which are on this Saturday, are the events that have been causing a buzz in entertainment circles.
As the day draws closer, the noise is getting even louder.
“Going all out” would be an understatement if one is to describe the effort that has been invested in putting together all these shows, with each promoter trying to out-muscle the other on boasting a stronger line-up.
The result has been a headache for merrymakers as some are now finding it difficult to choose the gig they will attend as all of them are looking attractive in terms of the concepts and the artistes set to perform.
It will all come down to personal preferences considering that all the options available are worth checking out.
The Iverson Tour
Nasty C is as big as they come when it comes to continental hip-hop heavyweights, a fact he has proven over and over again.
Back in September, the rapper kicked off The Iverson Tour which saw him performing in several South African cities including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein and Pretoria.
The tour will have an epic ending this Saturday at the Pabloz VIP car park where the “SMA” hitmaker is set to tear up the stage alongside other international hotshots Gemini Major, Tellaman, Laylizzy, Nadia Nakai, Boity and Rowlene.
Leading the local pack will be King 98, who has been part of the tour since it kicked off. He will be joined by the likes of Stunner, Ti Gonzi, Kikky Badass, Takura and Raydizz, among others.
This will not be Nasty C’s first rodeo in the country, having performed in Harare twice already and delivering memorable sets on both occasions.
DJ Simms, who is King 98’s manager and one of the organisers of the show, said they are not worried about the other shows being held in Harare on the same day as theirs.
“We know there are many shows happening on the 21st of December, but we are not concerned because we are not doing this for competition, but rather for our brand’s visibility,” said DJ Simms.
“This has been Nasty C’s tour and the good relationship he has built with King 98 is the reason why this whole adventure is being wrapped up in Harare.
“We have our own crowd and when we recently did our high school visits with Nasty C, the reaction we got is an indication of what we are expecting come Saturday.”
Madirirano is a brand that needs no introduction when it comes to outdoor entertainment, with the event always attracting large numbers.
Some have called it the “Ghetto Unplugged” as the event is usually held in the high-density suburb of Highfield.
This time, however, the organisers have decided to bring it north of the Samora as they invade Alexandra Sports Club on Saturday.
While their line-up is usually made up of local artistes, this time around they have spiced it up, roping in Jamaican superstar Mr Easy, not to be confused with Mr Eazi from Nigeria.
Those who are well versed with the late 90s and early 2000s dancehall music can confirm that Mr Easy was one of the most prominent artistes featuring on popular riddims that came out around that time.
While he is no longer the hotshot he was back then, the artiste is still releasing music to date, and has some really good numbers on rotation.
Some of his prominent tunes include “She Drives Me Crazy”, “No Mercy”, ”Rain Again” and “Freaky Lady”, to name just a few.
Other artistes who are also performing include Tocky Vibes, Allanah, Judgement Yard, Garry B, Templeman, DJ Naida, Miss Vee, DJ Bonzo and Dollarbill, to name a few.
Event organiser Simba “Bodyslam” Chakare said: “Preparations for the gig are on course and we are promising fireworks come Saturday. People should come early in order to avoid pressure at the gate.
He added: “We are not worried about the other functions taking place since this is not a competition. I’m actually wishing my colleagues who have events on the day all the best.”
DJ Stavo and Friends
DJ Stavo is set to take over Wood Sensations Club on Saturday for an event that promises fireworks with South African superstars AKA, Distruction Boyz, Naak Music and local heavyweight Winky D.
As if that is not enough entertainment, the likes of Nutty O, ExQ, Tammy Moyo, Dee Nosh, Hillzy, Ash Stylez, Nivek and Bryan K are also part of the lineup.
This gig has a little bit of something for everyone, with numerous genres including hip-hop, dancehall, house and RnB well represented.
In an interview with The Sunday Mail Society, one of the organisers, Dee Nosh, said: “I am really excited about this event. It is the first Stavo and Friends concert and will be held annually.
“Tickets are moving well, so it is promising to be the biggest event for me this year. The artistes are all excited as well. I am sure we will have a great night.”