VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
IN THE past, a Congolese rhumba musician was the main attraction at the Agriculture and Commercial Show.But for some reason, the appetite for Congolese musicians seems to have waned recently.
At this year’s show, which was the 92nd, the main attraction was multi award-winning South African superb singing duo Mafikizolo.
Like the rest of the musicians, they were based at the Band Stand.
On Sunday, the duo delivered just a one-hour performance. Yet, it left an indelible mark. This is so despite the duo being frequent visitors to Zambia over the past few years.
Well, they have come to understand their Zambian audience.
“We love Zambia!” the duo’s member, Theo Kgosinkwe, shouted.
Well, Zambians love Mafikizolo too.
You could see how Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show Society president Caroline Silwamba and other dignitaries who were on stage danced to their songs.
The show started right from the time the singing duo started. Theo opened with the song Khona, and everyone on stage leapt to their feet. Yet, it was only the beginning. They followed it up with Ndihamba Nawe and then Love Portion.
Oh, that song, Love Portion!
On the ear, you can initially mistake the song to that of a Nigerian or Ghanaian artiste. But if there is anything that that proves, it is that Mafikizolo can be versatile.
Nhlanhla Nciza also led on some songs supported by Bec Roberts, Thabanq Sekako and Castro Nhize and three other dancers.
But Mafikizolo were not the only foreign artistes on the menu; there was also Zimbabwean contemporary musician Jay-Prayzah (Mukudzeyi Mukombe) who performed with his band Third Generation.
In an interview later with the Weekend Mail, Jah-Prayzah said he had an awesome time performing at the show.
His manager Keen Mushapaidze added: “Being part of this year’s show and also being our first time in Zambia as a group, was an honour as we were able to put smiles on people’s face through our music.”