In recent years music promoters have been cashing-in on promoting the ‘Big Five’ musical concert that brought together five of the top performers and crowd pullers in a single gig.
And for years that ‘elite’ group comprised the late superstar Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, Tongai ‘Dewa’ Moyo, sungura kingpin Alick Macheso, Winky D and the Charambas (Charles and Olivia).
Music promoters believe after the deaths of Tuku and Dewa it has been very difficult for them to come up with the top five top drawcards.
Veteran music promoter Partson ‘Chipaz’ Chimbodza said Zimbabwe no longer has a ‘Big Five’. “We now have the ‘Big Three’ which is made up of Macheso, Jah Prayzah and Winky D. The ‘Big Five’ died with the likes of Tuku and Dewa.”
Another seasoned music promoter Josh Hozheri emphasised that the ‘Big Five’ is not made up of fly-by-night musicians. “The ‘Big Five’ has since died; nowadays it is difficult to come up with such a list considering the level of mediocrity in the music industry of late.”
Padziva proprietor Benjamin Nyandoro has an interesting pick for his ‘Big Five’: “For me, it is made up of Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Alick Macheso, Janet Manyowa and Michael Mahendere.”
Elton Kurima of Kayse Connect, a local music promotion company said: “For us, the ‘Big Five’ is constituted by Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Macheso, Janet Manyowa and Minister Mahendere.”
Businessman and music promoter Tinashe Mutarisi said his list is made up of Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Freeman and Killer T.
Veteran bar manager Yasin Dhala said: “My list of ‘Big Five’ comprise of Thomas Mapfumo, Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Winky D and Suluman.”
Over the years, Dhala worked with promoters in the form of Hozheri, Chipaz and Biggie Chinoperekwei, among others.
Dancers Association of Zimbabwe president Hapaguti ‘Harpers’ Mapimhidze said: “Talking of the ‘Big Five’, we talk of Jah Prayzah, Macheso, Suluman, Winky D and Peter Moyo.”