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House music is the new pink in Zim

Melissa Mpofu

HOUSE music has taken the music industry by storm and will soon be the new Museve or pink for Zimbabweans.

When in a bar or club in the northern or eastern side of the country, one would feel as if they are in the Southern region of the country as house music is highly enjoyed and appreciated by many, a thing which never happened in the past.

News that Durban’s finest outfit, Big Nuz of the Umlilo fame are touching down at  Harare International Airport on Saturday morning for a once off show at Q-Bana has been digested well by most club revellers. The city had for years been starved of kwaito and house music as the South African artistes hardly ever came to Harare for shows as they only performed in the Ndebele land of Bulawayo.

Entertainment Authority, organisers of the event said this would be Big Nuz’s first time to perform in the capital after having performed in Bulawayo two years ago.

“We noticed that Harare has been starved of kwaito and house music hence our decision to bring in Big Nuz. We feel they have the capacity to put up a good live performance and this is what the people need,” said Patrick Vijay Hundu, one of the organisers.

The award-winning group was meant to have performed in the country last year but the promoters, Tracy Mason Media cancelled the show as they feared that it would be eclipsed by Jamaican musicians, King Sounds and Capleton who were performing in Harare at the same time.

Big Nuz, a three member award winning group comprised of Durbanites Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo, Mzi “Danger” Tshomela and Sibusiso “R Mashesha” Khomo will come with their Manager and a surprise Dj. They will either bring, Dj Tira who featured on Umlilo, Sox or Cream with them. The trio is currently ruling the South African music scene with back-to-back platinum-selling albums, thanks to their hits Ubala and Umlilo.

Hundu said their first option was to bring Dj Professor (his tracks include Jezzebel, Imoto and Jimaphi) but they feared he would not play popular in Harare therefore they decided to bring Big Nuz who they felt were equally good but had a popular name.

He told IndependentXtra that there would not be any VIP tickets on sale as the VIP will be determined by the organisers and Mafriq, DJs Storm, Dee Vine, Scott, Tino and Juice will support the group on Saturday evening.

Back then house music was hardly ever played in most clubs but nowadays it is the most played as it is played for at least three hours a night and is highly supported by revelers who sing and dance along to the music.

Hundu urged revelers to come in their numbers to witness the South African outfit live on stage for the first time in the capital. He said they should not have any rain or security fears as they have pitched tents and beefed up their security specifically for this show.

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