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La Rouge brings ‘jazz’ to Westgate

VETERAN afro-jazz artist Bob Nyabinde and his Savanna Drive band last week put up a superb performance at the official opening of the exquisite Pub and Restaurant La Rouge located at Westgate Complex in the capital.


The Headmaster, as Nyabinde is affectionately called by his fans, later invited poet-cum-musician Albert Nyathi and the duo’s combined act was a marvel to watch.

Albert Nyathi (with microphone) and Bob Nyabinde (centre) perform at La Rouge recently

Albert Nyathi (with microphone) and Bob Nyabinde (centre) perform at La Rouge recently

Just a few weeks after opening its doors, the joint has lit up an otherwise dull night life around the complex and its surrounding areas by attracting multiracial revellers who are now flocking for night hangouts.

The upmarket bar, which has an executive appeal for mature patrons, boasts of a state-of-the-art interior which is in tandem with international trends.

Among the features are high definition TVs, special lighting design, with moving beams of light, laser effects and thousands of LED lights that change colours and intensity in time with the music.

Speaking to The Standard Style, the club’s manager Qhubekani Tshuma said they wanted to offer something unique and fresh from what has become the norm.

“We are targeting mature people, the big spenders, so even our music will suit just that. We will be selling various cocktails and beers, local and foreign with the cheapest beer selling at US$2,” Tshuma said.

“Although this is an upmarket club, we thrive to cater for everyone who is ready to spend. We will be preparing traditional foods for our patrons,”

Tshuma said the joint will try by all means to promote local Jazz artistes whose music also appeals to the mature generation by inviting different groups to perform.

“Those patrons who enjoy late night hangouts will be treated to Jazz music during the weekends,” she said.

“Our staff is well-trained and they know how to receive and serve clients in line with our motto which signifies the passion and energy that the management will implement to our valued clients.”

The spot is proving to be popular and yesterday patrons were treated to the sounds of jazz by veterans of Zimbabwe’s jazz scene, Jabavu Drive.

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