Zora singer awakens Mutare


HARARE – Zora music singer Leonard Zhakata awakened the city of Mutare last Friday with a spectacular performance sandwiched by stellar performances by Oliver Mtukudzi and Jah Prayzah.

With hundreds of music fans packed at the Pick n’ Save night club, Zhakata opened the musical showcases around 9pm and performed for two hours.

Combing through his yesteryear catalogue of hits, revellers were treated to such classics as Gomba Remarara and Makorokoto among several others.

Referred to as ‘The Bishop’ because of his recent Christian and religious stance, the Zora star rose above the jammed venue with a well-choreographed stage performance led by his three male dancers.

After a two-hour jam, Zhakata paved way for the ever green Tuku who performed as a trio.

While for many in the crowd, the three people (trio) band was a new concept, the synergy should have blown some away as the trio sounded like a full band.

Tuku is like that, at times he performs with a full band and other times with just two people.

His main sound revolves around his guitar and Sam Mataure’s drum playing expertise.

Tuku was to perform for over two hours after which he handed the microphone to the man who is dazzling dance-floors around the country ? Jah Prayzah.

For many in Mutare who had not had the chance to see Jah Prayzah perform, the star did not disappoint and performed hit after hit without a break.

Jah Prayzah is amazing and he seems to have all this energy to last long hours while energetically dancing.

His dancing troupe is also strong and dressed in camouflage dresses, they command the stage like true soldiers on a mission.

After the Jah Prayzah showcase, the diminutive Zhakata came back to the stage to close the show which ended at sunrise.

The Mutare concert went without incident and the venue is a super place for bigger showcase.

The venue is already gearing itself for its next concert whose main draw card is Suluman Chimbetu.

The family Sunday concert will also see gospel star Mathias Mhere showcase his prowess.

Pick n’ Save proprietor, Esau Mupfumi was all smiles after the showcase as more than 1 200 people paid to watch the all night gig.

“I am happy with the attendance and it could not be any better. This response just goes to show the support our club has with residents of Mutare,” said Mupfumi.

The businessman, who runs a supermarket adjacent to the club, also operates a fleet of buses and some transport business.

“We will be bringing the cream of musicians from the local industry to grace Mutare and with the festive season around, we would be having a concert every week,” he added.


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