The Sunday Mail
At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, thousands of merrymakers from around the globe attending the just-ended Zambezi Vic Falls Carnival were on cloud nine, thanks to the efforts of a South African artist who chaperoned them into 2019.
As soon as the countdown got to zero and deafening shouts of ‘Happy New Year’ took over, Prince Kaybee, who was behind the decks, unleashed his current hit “Banomoya” or “Kuthi Huu” as his fans would rather call it.
When the beat dropped, the noise got even louder and the atmosphere became amazing.
The energy surrounding that moment was nothing short of amazing. Having come on stage just five minutes before the 12th hour, and giving his fans a taste of new tunes to look out for in 2019, the “Club Controller” hit-maker made sure that his set was memorable from start to finish.
Displaying an extraordinary mixing skillset, elaborately blending his banging music with killer sound effects, the DJ proved why he is one of the best in the business.
Spell-bound by a playlist that also included hits such as “Beautiful Girls”, “Charlotte”, “Yonkinto, “Wajellwa”, “Beautiful Girls” and the yet to be released “Fetch Your Life”, to name a few, the fans naturally became ecstatic.
Prince Kaybee (real name Kabelo Motsamai) could effortlessly connect with the crowd, which shows how the local stage has now become his playground.
No surprise there, considering that he has played several times in various parts of the country.
In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Mail Society on the sidelines of the event, the DJ said he was amazed by the way his music was he received in the country.
“One thing about Zimbabweans is that they are very specific about what they want, especially when it comes to music, so I have noticed that even with songs that I don’t put out, they actually go and search for them; so that shows a lot of dedication towards my craft and I appreciate that,” said Kaybee.
“I have been to Harare three times, Bulawayo twice and the Vic Falls twice, so the love and support is amazing. I appreciate everyone in Zimbabwe who is banging my music.”
He said that every time he has played in the country, the response and energy from the crowd was overwhelming.
Having been part of the lineup at last year’s Vic Falls Carnival, and with the organisers tying him up to a three-year contract for the event, the artiste seems to have developed a special relationship with his fan base.
“When I was here last time, I loved the energy from the crowd, so I can say I have more of a relationship with the people than the organisers because the love they show when I am on stage is ridiculously awesome.
“I would not want to take anything away from the organisers who I want to thank for giving me the opportunity to come and experience the amazing atmosphere this year and next year as well.”
He was also of full of praise for local culture and music.
Locals, he observed, were very accommodative.
“You guys are very authentic about your culture, you love your music and you also accommodate other people.
“I feel like it’s a very diverse nation, especially when it comes to art, and I am impressed by the whole dancehall scene that is going on around here, which is beautiful. I like how you guys support each other towards that.”