HARARE – Zimdancehall star Winky D says he is relishing yet another chance to be associated with the Castle Tankard — Africa’s oldest sponsored horse race.
Winky D, who gave a scintillating performance as a supporting act at Jamaican reggae star Chris Martin’s maiden concert in Zimbabwe last weekend, will perform alongside Ex Q and DJ Stavo at the 56th edition of the Castle Tankard set for the Borrowdale Race Course on Saturday.
Winky D’s manager Jonathan Banda told the Daily News that the Disappear singer’s professionalism has endeared him with Delta Corporation, the organisers of the prestigious race.
“We have never disappointed them; that is the long and short of it. The Gafa has no contract with Delta. He performs there (Castle Tankard) year in, year out because he delivers.
“A big brand like Delta will never partner with an artiste lacking in professionalism. Winky D is always punctual and up to the task. On Saturday, we promise yet another great and professional performance,” said Banda.
At last year’s edition of the event, Winky D shared the stage with Tocky Vibes and Suluman Chimbetu. It is not surprising that the Castle Tankard organisers have decided to retain only Winky D whose profile was propelled to new heights by his latest album Gafa Life.
Delta Corporation marketing manager Patricia Murambinda said this year’s edition of the Castle Tankard will have more entertainment activities.
“This year marks an important history in the Castle Tankard event in the country’s horse racing calendar as we launch not only the 54th Edition of the Castle Tankard event together with our partners Mashonaland Turf Club but also the Castle Tankard Double Booster Promotion.
“This is the first time ever that consumers of all lager beer brands participating in the Cash Booster Promotion will get an opportunity to get their grand draw prize money doubled up by Castle on the grand draw day if they are present at the draw.
“This year, the grand draw for the all-brands Cash Booster Promotion will be held at the Castle Tankard event on May 7, 2016 at Borrowdale Race Course.
“The prizes for the grand draw are as follows 1st prize $3 000, 2nd prize $2 000 and 3rd prize $1 000 and $500 consolation prizes to 60 winners. The first three prizes will be doubled up if the winners are at the race course on race day,” she said.
To cater for diverse entertainment tastes, the organisers have included an African fashion show which has been dubbed “Rocking the African Print”.
The fashion show will be coordinated by stylist Wilbert Rukato a lifetime achievement award winner in the modelling industry, owner and founder of Size4 modelling agency.
Rukato is also founding member and the official spokesperson of The Modelling industry of Zimbabwe (Miaz).