The Sunday Mail
WHEN it comes to bringing in top international acts, the Vic Falls Carnival never disappoints and this year is no different.
A heavyweight line-up, which includes Lady Zamar, Freshlyground, Prince Kaybee and BCUC, are among the first batch of headliners that were announced by the organisers last week.
More artistes, both local and international, will be added to the programme as the epic New Year’s celebration fete draws closer.
The annual event is traditionally held from December 29, stretching up to the wee hours of the first day of the New Year.
Lady Zamar is set to be the star attraction this time around considering that her voice is on most of the current hits that include “Collide”, “Love is Blind”, “My Baby”, “Criminal” and “Charlotte”.
Also, this will be her debut performance in the country.
Prince Kaybee is not new to this particular stage having been part of the headliners last year where he left the crowd clamouring for more after his explosive set.
The talented producer/DJ, who is currently riding high with his recently released “Club Controller” remix, is undoubtedly one of the finest in the trade and will be out to prove his credentials once again at the biggest New Year’s party on the continent.
Those who attended this year’s Hifa closing show will confirm that Freshlyground is the real deal when it comes to live performances.
And their inclusion on the carnival’s line-up speaks volume.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Mail Society, Freshlygorund’s Zolani said they felt honoured to be playing at the Vic Falls Carnival for the first time.
“The Carnival has a wonderful reputation among performers and audiences alike so basically agreeing to perform at the event was a no brainer,” said Zolani.
“We are looking forward to satisfying all of our senses in the wonderful atmosphere of the Carnival.”
Zolani added they were excited to come back and perform in Zimbabwe after having had a good day in office when they set the Hifa main stage ablaze earlier this year.
“We had the most amazing welcome back to Zim at Hifa, which was really emotional for us and I think for our fans as well. Zimbabweans are very loyal and they know all of our albums. I can only say that the energy and hopeful attitude of the people we met earlier this year in Harare really gave us a good feeling which makes a huge difference even coming from the audience all the way to the stage.”
Fans who will be coming through to the event are in for a treat as they will have a taste of the group’s new music. The group recently released their seventh album, “Can’t Stop”.
“We will be releasing our second single off the record in the latter part of the year, which is a collaboration with a cappella group, ‘The Soil’,” she revealed.
The Vic Falls Carnival has over the years grown to become a powerhouse on the continental festival circuit, attracting thousands of fun lovers from around the globe.
Tickets for the event are already on sale with limited early bird passes going for US$75 for the three-day pass, US$50 for a two-day pass while a one-day pass for the final day is going US$50.
After the early bird tickets run out, people will have to fork out US$90, US$65 and US50 for the respective passes.