Chaka Chaka impresses

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Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone -
'The Princess of Africa', Yvonne Chaka Chaka, put up an age-defying performance at the Botswana Craft on Friday night, despite playing pre-recorded songs.
A sold out crowd for the Waar Was Jy series crammed into the 2,500 capacity venue, and enjoyed every minute Chaka Chaka was on stage.
The Waar Was Jy promoters target the golden generation of music, and have already brought Trompies to Gaborone for this year's series.
Chaka Chaka was second on the line and left revellers, a mix of youth and adults, satisfied.
Clad in a multi colored African attire, the 'Umqombothi' hit maker was energy personified on stage as she immaculately turned back the hands of time, with chart busters from her 1980s releases.
The crowd went ballistic when she performed the hit 'Thank You Mr DJ' just after 21h00.
She kept in constant interaction with the appreciative crowd and complimented her two dancers well.
Chaka Chaka was without a band, and stuck to pre-recorded music, although the crowd cared less and appreciated the 53-year-old.
It was busy weekend across various entertainment venues in Gaborone, with US group, The Temptations enjoying a good crowd the following day at the Gaborone International Conference Centre.
The show was postponed from July 27 after death struck in the group, but the crowd enjoyed every second as the 'old timers' did not disappoint.
They played songs such as 'Treat her like a lady', 'I wish it would rain' and 'I am losing you'.
While fans who attended the Chaka Chaka and The Temptations show left without an iota of disappointment, there was bad news for local show goers eager to see traditional music artist, Maxy on stage.
The 'One Night with Maxy' show was postponed at the last minute, with the organisers claiming supporting artists from South Africa had challenges with their traveling documents. The show has been moved to September 1.
This did not go down well with some fans who criticised the organisers after they postponed another show last month.
"Freddy Gwala and Pure Gold could not get their passports on time. They will be available on September 1. It is with regret that we have taken a painful but worthwhile decision to postpone the event," the organisers said.

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