The Sunday Mail
AS the seasons change so do people’s moods in this land of milk and honey — our beautiful Zimbabwe.
It is at this time of the year that party lovers pop out of their cocoons, get into party mode as the month of August offers them a feast of delights.
Lake July, Unplugged
Today, the curtain comes down on this year’s edition of the Lake July DJ Festival. If the last day is anything like last year — then today is a laid back day. Activities such as beach volleyball, five-a-side soccer and other games will be the order of the day.
While this happens, DJs, the finest in the land, will alternate on the turntables. Also happening today is the monthly hangout party, Unplugged. Attendees will be entertained by the likes of The Monkey Nuts, Diana “Mangwenya” Samkange, Ba Shupi, Reverb 7 and TK Beatz — all this and more at the Wingate Park Golf Course.
Dancehall underlings get chance to shine
Tomorrow the party continues, but this time on a dancehall tip as City Sports Bar hosts the highly anticipated Zim dancehall gig dubbed, Zim dancehall Future. This gig will be headlined by new school dancehall changers such as Jah Signal, Blot and Silent Killer. They will be supported by a host of other chanters who include T Man, Technic, Power Rasta, Lindsay, Miss Lee, Kimmy and Batman. These ghetto youths are currently the hottest property on the dancehall scene and are beginning to get a share of the Zim dancehall cake, which the likes of Soul Jah Love, Killer T, Seh Calaz, Winky D, Dadza D, Guspy Warrior and Ricky Fire have long been eating.
The return of Busy Signal
From there, the reggae-dancehall frenzy moves to the City of Kings and Queens on August 4, where Jamaican star, Busy Signal, is expected to stage his debut performance in that part of the country. To spice things up, event organisers are pitting dancehall and house music. South African house music sensation, Busiswa, will also be in the mix. Energetic Sandra Ndebele and fiery dancehall star, Winky D, add local weight together with Cal_Vin, Mzoe 7, Tocky Vibes and Judgment Yard. Busy Signal travels to the capital the next day, August 5, to rekindle romance with his fans at the Glamis Arena, where he had an epic first appearance in 2015.
Rolling with the well-heeled
Putting aside the dancehall business, revellers in Harare will be in for a treat at Pabloz Club & VIP as the exquisite joint hosts South Africa’s DJ Heavy K on August 11 and from there he goes to dazzle fans at Solomons in Kwekwe on August 12.
A festival of gango
Two things party folks love is their booze and meat, and to give them exactly that at the start of the summer season is the much anticipated inaugural edition of the Gango Festival. The event has been slated for Belgravia Sports Club on Saturday August 12. Sizzling performances are expected from Military Touch Movement back-to-back with Selmor Mtukudzi and Mbeu.