Jah Prayzah

Big Trade Fair weekend

A�Nkululeko Nkala

THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) weekend almost brings Bulawayo to a standstill in April.
Entertainment venues realise brisk business at this time. Artistes and event promoters drool at the number of people walking Bulawayo streets especially at night.

The visitors from out of town want to have a good time. But I have said this before, ZITF is sometimes deceiving.
One may think all the people in town may frequent our spots or attend almost all events. This is far from the truth, I have watched shows flop during this period.

This weekend begins with a Comedy Show at The Vista which features among others Q The Boss and rising star Maforty.

The show coincides with the Bulawayo Arts Awards nominees announcement show which will be held at Bulawayo Theatre Club at pretty much the same time. The Comedy Show is ticketed and the awards show is by invite.

Saturday is the big one with one of the biggest artistes in the country Jah Prayzah coming to Hartsfield Tshisanyama. He will be backed by Mzoe 7 and Iyasa among others.

Jah has not been in town for a while now and I am certain his multitude of fans will all be headed to Hartsfield.

Now here is the tricky part, on the same day City Hall Car Park will play host to Professor and Dr Malinga from South Africa.

Ita��s equally a big show; the two have many hits among themselves but now that question again. Is Bulawayo big enough for two big events? Leta��s not forget there are actually many other small events happening on the night.

This will be another Trade Fair test. If both shows sell well, maybe Bulawayo is finally ready for showbiz. I hope and pray the media does not start with the curse of City Hall Car Park story.

In both sad and happy news which are both related to art. Last week we laid to rest Rueben Pembere who was director of top traditional outfit Hloseni Arts.

He was buried at West Park Cemetery after he succumbed to a short illness. On the same day Desire Moyo who is the director of Victory Siyanqoba Arts got married to his sweetheart Esther Zitha who is also an artiste. Both creatives were celebrated through music and dance.

Desire Moyo even had a gala to go with the wedding. Performers included Sandra Ndebele, Clement Magwaza, Iyasa, Ezimnyama, Great Stars and Khaya Arts among others.

Though earlier we had been filled with tears, we smiled all the way home after the wonderful wedding thrown by Desire a�?Moyoxidea�? as he is popularly known.

Dear artistes, leta��s meet and share ideas every time and not wait for a funeral or a wedding. Until next week, be safea��
@nkuenkala