Patrick Chitumba in Victoria Falls
THE resort town of Victoria Falls reverberated to the best local, regional and international sounds as hundreds of people thronged Victoria Falls Farm School for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly Welcome Tourism Night on Saturday evening.
Mbira Dzenharira warmed up the stage before Sheng Jeng Song and Dance Company from China performed traditional Chinese dances which revolve around karate and gymnastics.
Mercy Mutsvene took to the stage and belted out songs such as Handingabvumi and Tichasangana followed by Albert Nyathi who did not disappoint.
Nyathi also performed the general assembly theme song, “Zimbabwe Breeze”, which was produced by Russell Chiradza (Russo) and features Sulumani Chimbetu, Audius Mtawarira, the late Chiwoniso Maraire and Mono Mukundu.
High-flying Sulu gave a splendid performance. He did renditions of his late father’s songs but the most popular with the public was Sean Timba (Batai Munhu) which he sang alongside Jah Prayzah.
When it was his time, Jah Prayzah performed his popular song Tsviriyo much to the delight of the audience.
Then came dancing queen Sandra Ndebele and Bostwana diva, Slizer who mesmerised the audience with her well choreographed dances.
One of Zimbabwe’s most exciting musical groups which is now an international act Mukoomba took to the stage and rocked the whole crowd.
With their irresistible mix of Congolese “soukous” guitars, funk rhythms and a combined percussive talent that seems to ooze from each of the six members, Mukoomba had the crowd on their feet as they played songs such as Masangango.
Sungura king Alick Macheso also had his time before the packed stadium, sending hundreds, including the distinguished guests, into mimicking the ever-popular “Zora Butter” dance during the inauguration formalities.
Macheso walked to the stage with the aid of a crutch but that did not stop him from giving his best.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority director of corporate affairs Sugar Chagonda described the tourism night as one of the best shows they have held in the country.
“We had every reason to celebrate the co-hosting of the general assembly because it is a chance that a country will only get after about 300 years if all the organisation’s member countries are to rotate playing host to this important event. It was indeed a great show which was well supported by locals,” he said.
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