Lusaka- Pomp and splendour characterised the 2018 Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show last week, when musical patriarchs, including Zimbabwean Mukudzeyi Mukombe (aka Jah Prayzah) and South African outfit Mafikizolo, formed part of artists that entertained the show goers at the Band Stand.
Traditionally, Zambians are used to waist-gyrating dancing queens on stage during such events. For a change, the organisers of the show decided to invite the artists from down South to give the entertainment that the showgoers have not had in a long time.
The multi-award-winning South African singing duo, Mafikizolo, in their one-hour performance, left an indelible mark in the hearts of the show goers despite their frequent visits to Zambia in recent years.
Arguably, many Zambians are seemingly coming to terms and liking the Mafikizolo songs and dancing antics.
Theo Kgosinkwe, was a marvel to watch as he led his band into singing a multitude of songs, including the famed ‘Khona’, which literally drew everyone within the Band Stand perimeter towards the dancing arena and responding to their tunes.
Other songs forcing the audience to leap to their feet included ‘Ndihamba Nawe’ and ‘Love Potion’. Later, Kgosinkwe surprised everyone when he suddenly shouted in jubilation about his liking for Zambia “We love Zambia!” to which the audience replied, “We love Mafikizolo too.”
His partner, Nhlanhla Nciza was also a marvel to watch as she sung a variety of songs and was supported by Bec Roberts, Thabanq Sekako and Castro Nhize and three other dancers.
Jah Prayzah could not be left out of the fun as he performed with his Third Generation churning out a variety of songs, which attracted various people to the stage to show their dancing skills.
Jah Prayzah’s manager, Keen Mushapaidze, told The Southern Times in an interview, that he had an awesome time in Zambia and described the performance as marvellous, given the support by the Zambian revellers.
“It was good to be in Zambia and the people here are extremely friendly… Indeed coming to this show and being part of its something IK shall cherish for a long time to come because we have at least put smiles on people’s faces.”
Forming part of the entertainment were traditional dancing troupes drawn from various parts of Zambia, including Makishi-mask dancers from the Zambezi district, in the Northwestern Province who also took the centre stage much to the amusement of the guests.