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Independence concert a huge success

Equally interesting, the concert was not short of surprises. The late Andy Brown’s wife, Nadine, brewed a shocker as she steered the nearly defunct band to a marvelous performance.

The act revived hope in the many fans of the late Brown who felt his legacy was not supposed to die a natural death. Chiwoniso Mararire also performed well with Victor Kunonga having a somewhat bad day in the office as the crowds hurled missiles in rebellion to his soft performance.

When legendary superstar Oliver Mtukudzi took to the stage there were mixed feelings as he went throughout the performance without ever strumming a single note on his famous acoustic guitar.

Some were quick to defend him saying he was reviving the pre-independence and early post-independence memories where he never used to play a guitar.
Sulumani Chimbetu, who until recently was the undisputed king of dendera, had a hectic day in the office as he played well before his cousin Tryson, whom many are catapulting to the top.

He however defied all odds and played well, so much that when Tryson came to the fore in the early hours of yesterday it was a complement rather than a competition.

Interestingly, Tryson sang about unity among the Chimbetu family, showing signs that the two had buried the hatchet. He too had sent the crowd into frenzy as he sang some of the well-known Shona dendera songs in Chewa proving how artistic he is.

It was however Alick Macheso who left the crowds stunned with his stage antiques that included strumming the bass guitar with his chin, feet and worse of all; his bum.

The crowds could also not have enough of young Peter Moyo and the energetic Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah. Wallace Chirumiko aka Winky D left the thousands that thronged the venue spell-bound, especially when he performed the song Taitirana for which he was joined by Tendazvaitwa Chitimbe aka Lipsy.

Gospel musicians at the concert that included Charles and Olivia Charamba, Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave, Mercy Mutsvene, Blessing Shumba and Mahendere brothers enjoyed good performances at the event.

Other performers at the showcase included Iyasa, Mbare Chimu-renga choir and Jusa Mpostori. Save for a few glitches that included a few ablution facilities, improper security for artists and poor positioning of the food and beverages stalls, the gala went well, much to the marvel of the revellers.

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