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Drumbeat: Mixed bag galore at Rufaro

The expertise of the musicians on the stage is not important at this juncture, as they will have to battle it out with probably Zimbabwe’s best ever national soccer team, this time with football boots and not guitars.


Sulumani Chimbetu and Alick Macheso will be playing for the same team, so is First Farai and Hosiah Chipanga, who have all been perceived in music circles to be enemies.

Leonard Zhakata will not be complaining of anything and Freddy Manjalima will surely be expected to put his jokes aside.

Tendai Dembo will be out to prove that he might be struggling as a musician, but is a superb soccer player, who can even leave the Moneybags, Platinum Stars, baying for his signature.

Wallace Chirumiko aka Winky D, is likely to be playing the playmaker’s role, as does his icon Lionel Messi while Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave, Sandra Ndebele, Diana Samkange and Chiwoniso will also be out to prove a point to chauvinists.

It will be the Chipaz Promotions Charity soccer event, which this year will benefit Freddy Chimombe, son to the late James Chimombe and the junior development of soccer.

The event is in its fifth-year running and has assumed a true national feel, as it is no longer confined to Harare.

To that effect, spectators should expect to see the likes of Jays Marabini and Chase Skuza on the field of play and various other artists from all over the country.

Likewise, Adam Ndlovu and Willard Mashinkila Khumalo will also be on the pitch, among others from outside Harare.

The event started as a small gathering at Gwanzura Stadium and this year will be held at Rufaro Stadium.

It has become a permanent feature on the national entertainment calendar.

It also comes as a challenge to the numerous figures that Zimbabwean societies nurtured into big business people, but have done nothing to appreciate the society for their success.

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