21 October 2015 – ZIM has become a favourite destination for most Jamaican musicians. They apparently cannot resist the lure of the United States dollar, which has seen many other foreign musicians of many genres trying their luck here, and they are also assured of big numbers at their shows.
Konshens was here two weeks ago and he attracted 12 000 people at Old Georgians Sports Club. It was a huge figure indeed, considering that numbers are falling at local showbiz events. Many other Jamaican artistes that have graced the local entertainment scene have gone back home smiling. Smiling about the support they get at the shows and also happy about fatter wallets.
Over the past few years, the Jamaicans have been liberally taking turns to dance with Zimbabwean merrymakers.
Now, it is Busy Signal’s turn to party with the country’s happy people. He is set to perform at Glamis Stadium on Saturday. His will be a serious party, put in place to celebrate the success of the Harare International Carnival. Busy Signal was initially supposed to be part of the hot carnival festivities that lit the capital less than two weeks ago, but change of schedules saw organisers settling for a later date for his show.
Organisers of the carnival, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, and Busy Signal promoters agreed to stretch the carnival spirit further. ZTA is working with promoters Chipaz Promotions and Devine Assignments for the show.
Busy Signal will share the stage with Jah Prayzah, Seh Calaz, Killer T, Dadza D, Soul Jah Love and Winky D among others.
ZTA chief executive Karikoga Kaseke said the show has been themed “Carnival After-Party” and there is every reason to celebrate following the resounding success of the carnival.
Kaseke says this year’s carnival was the biggest of the three editions of the annual Harare jamboree held so far. He estimates the number of people that attended the Carnival Street Party to be two million although actual figures of attendance to all carnival events are still to be availed.
“Busy Signal was supposed to come for the hottest week of the carnival, but we changed our dates twice and our final slots clashed with his other assignments. We settled for a later date and we still feel it is good for us because, after the huge success of the carnival, we have every reason to celebrate,” said Kaseke.
He said they were happy that most of the carnival’s big events that included the Samba Night, Rhumba Night and Zimdancehall Night had contributed to the success of the carnival.
Congolese rhumba giant Koffi Olomide performed at the Rhumba night while Brazil’s Momo King samba dancers ignited the Samba Night.
While he liked all the carnival shows, Kaseke was overwhelmed by the Street Party and spoke glowingly about his experience during the party.
“I left the VIP tent at Africa Unity Square around midday and went on the streets. I walked down Nelson Mandela Avenue, turned into Angwa Street and then Robert Mugabe Road. I was in a sea of people and their movement was like a great wave. I could not go further as the streets continued to swell with the multitudes. The wave swept me back to Africa Unity Square,” he recalled.
The Street Party took place on October 10 and brought any other business in the city centre to a halt. People swarmed the streets in magical numbers. It could be the biggest crowd ever to walk down the streets of Harare.
And Kaseke even doubts they will be able to beat this year’s numbers at their next carnivals.
“I was surprised, shocked and excited. I could not believe I was on the streets of Harare. It was like a new place somewhere in a new world and the numbers were far beyond our expectations.
“I don’t think we will beat this year’s figures. If we will have a bigger crowd than we had this year, then the world should come and witness the biggest carnival on earth. There were different cultures showcased on the streets. People might have mixed feelings over some cultures that differ from our common practices, but that is the colour of a carnival. It is a meeting place of different cultures”
However, Kaseke said lack of adequate funding strained their preparatory processes and urged the corporate world to support the carnival.
He thanked the Government for supporting the carnival and promised to continue making Harare International Carnival a permanent tourist attraction. He urged people to come and celebrate with Busy Signal at the “Carnival After-Party”. – All Africa.com