South Africa’s house music group Mi Casa delivered a remarkable performance at 7Arts Theatre in Harare on Friday.
Contrary to their debut show in Zimbabwe in 2013, the Jika crooners seemed to have built a wider fan base locally over the years as the Harare leg of their ongoing Home Sweet Home tours for the new album, Home Sweet Home, around the continent undoubtedly made them feel at home.
The convincing crowd that turned up sang along to most of the songs including Your Body, Jika and Bar Man, leading to a delirium, with most people unable to resist moving their bodies.
Mi Casa might have successfully mastered the way to connect with the local crowd as they performed old hits from revered stars like the late Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba, among others which got a resounding appreciation in the early stages of their performance.
The group’s lead vocalist and song writer Joao da Fonseca “J’ Something” brought his A-game for his staunch female contingent successfully weaving his way through their hearts with sleek dance moves and constantly reminding them of their uniqueness regardless of social differences.
“One of the things we have always done is write music that unites people…when someone says you are black or white tell them we are all Chocolat,” said J’Something ,explaining the veiled sense of their new hit Chocolat.
Not to be outdone were local supporting acts, with Victoria Falls-bred ensemble, Mokoomba living up to the billing.
The Misozi hitmakers who sing in various local languages proved why music is not only about understanding lyrics, but a communication to the heart which transcends logic.
The revered group of six set to perform at the Apollo Theatre in New York later this month left no stone unturned, reasserting their dominance with a stellar performance.
Upcoming artistes Bryan Kadengu and Pro Beatz, both ultimate winners of two separate local talent search competitions, were also up for the task and did not disappoint.
Bryan K (as Kadengu is fondly known) proved why he could be the country’s next big act with a well-organised set.
He portrayed a level of completeness with his voice, guitar strumming prowess and energy on stage, a rare combination that could spur him up at a faster rate in the cut-throat music industry.