HARARE – As we approach the rainy season, open air concerts are becoming risky as rains continuously disrupt the much anticipated pomp and fun fare.
While farmers would be praying hard that the rains fall, those in the entertainment and showbiz industries would be preparing to count their losses as concerts are cancelled because of what they call “bad weather”.
Sports games are also affected and only indoor events are favourable to the wet season.
On Sunday, the disappointment continued to worry superstar musician Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi and power gospel couple Pastor Charles and Olivia Charamba’s joint concerts as the rainy weather forced promoters to cancel the afternoon concert slated for Harare Gardens.
But for Tuku and the Charambas, this is not the first time that the two music acts have failed to perform on a platform they are sharing the stage.
While the Charambas are very particular when it comes to whom they perform with, the duo is comfortable partnering Tuku for showcases. But such rare encounters have been difficult to accomplish.
Last year a joint concert for the two music acts was pencilled for December 2 at Richwood Sports Club but Tuku got ill before the event hence he failed to show up.
The Charambas performed on their own to the disappointment of Tuku fans.
Organisers are however, mooting the idea of pairing the music acts at an indoor venue, possibly before year end if the musicians’ diaries permit.
A spokesperson for the organisers of both concerts, Tinashe Zekiya aka DJ Nash told the Daily News that they had no option but to cancel the Sunday concert.
“Rains have forced us to cancel the event since Harare Gardens is an open place hence, it is obvious that the gig would not attract fans as we expected,” he said.
The rainy weather also paralysed the Red Rose Entertainment gig held in Marondera a couple of weeks ago.
The gig was featuring Extra Kwazvose and the Dembo Brothers among other groups.
Meanwhile Charles Charamba says fellow musician Tuku is a music legend and Zimbabweans should not ignore his cultural contribution.
“I have respect for Mukoma Tuku because of his immense contribution to the music industry and in particular to the cultural being of the Zimbabwean society,” Charamba said this week.
The gospel singer said he enjoyed performing alongside Tuku.
“It is something we cherish, I mean performing with Tuku because he is a symbol of success and his music has helped shape the lives of many Zimbabweans.
“As musicians, we have to give Tuku credit for all he has done. His contribution to the arts industry is legendary by our standards,” said Charamba.