HARARE – Suluman Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah are without doubt the hottest artistes in Zimbabwe today but their crowd-pulling power was not enough to fill the 5 000-seater Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza on Friday night.
Show promoter Josh Hozheri used the Batai Munhu Concert, his first gig of 2013, to gauge the crowd-pulling ability of the popular duo but that proved a tough task in January when personal finances are usually tight.
The youthful duo could not follow in the footsteps of seasoned musicians such as the superstar Oliver Mtukudzi and sungura kingpin Alick Macheso who have played before capacity crowds at the venue in the past.
Yasini Dhala, one of the event organisers, told the Daily News that the show had been fairly successful.
“The gig was meant to test these youthful artistes’ crowd-pulling muscle; we were hoping they would fill up the big venue but that did not happen but the crowd was still good enough”.
Despite the fairly modest crowd, the musicians put up a sterling performance.
Suluman and Jah Prayzah’s crowd-pulling powers might have failed to live up to expectations but they more than compensated for that with polished performances.
Jah Prayzah and the 3rd Generation Band kept the crowd spell-bound with his generator dance.
Fans sang along with the Uzumba-born-lanky musician and never stopped screaming, jumping and dancing, throughout his two-hour performance.
The Gochi Gochi singer took the opportunity to sample some new songs from his forth-coming fourth album to be titled Tsviriyo to be released in March.
Suluman, in a dazzling white suit, showed why he is the man of the moment.
The controversial song Sean Timba, as expected, was the crowd favourite along with the fairly popular Njiva.
It was a great night of music that saw the Dembo brothers, Tendai and Morgan show their class.
They proved to be an inspired opening act.
Tendai mesmerised the audience with the way he skilfully strummed the rhythm guitar which reminded fans of the era of the late Leonard ‘‘Musoro Wenyoka” Dembo.
Even the no-show of veteran sungura musician Nicholas “Madzibaba” Zacharia failed to spoil the concert that was attended by various artistes such as Dickson Chingaira aka Cde Chinx, Hosiah Chipanga, Daiton Somanje and Peter Moyo among others. – Bryn Gumbo