Audiences related to stories the group told through their music. They focused on marriages, communal relationships and morals among other issues.
Queendom performed in different African languages and showcased their versatility. They fused afro-pop, jazz, ballad and reggae among other genres to produce an exciting array of beats.
The ladies were also witty and fully engaged their audience both in dance and song.
A blend of poetry and mbakumba left the audience which comprised of prominent characters such as theatre guru Daves Guzha, Baba Shupi and Patience Musa in awe, and many called for the ladies to return to the stage when their time was up.
Cornelius Muponda who was part of the audience commended the group for their performance and “a true show of spirit”.
Another member of the audience who identified herself as Tarie said the group had done very well considering they had a few hours of rehearsal with a local band before their performance.
“Queendom really rocked the stage and thumbs up to them for delivering that much after only a few days if not hours of rehearsal with a local band “, said Tarie.
The group was supported by European-based Zimbabwean Mathew Ngorima who led audiences through a “toi-toi” song that brought the auditorium to life as many sang along and danced.
Meanwhile after spending the last few years building her career in the UK, rising musician Netsayi Chigwendere is back in the country and will tomorrow perform at Hifa’s Leys Global Stage from 6.50pm.
Arguably one of the most promising artists at the festival, she forged her craft singing acapella in the singer-songwriter clubs of London.
Since signing a recording contract with international music label, World Connection, the musician who trades as Netsayi has released two critically acclaimed albums, Chimurenga Soul and Monkey’s Wedding.
Netsayi has performed on London’s most famous stages including the Royal Albert and Festival Halls, the Hammersmith Apollo, Cadogan Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
She is backed by Black Pressure, a band featuring some of Zimbabwe’s most gifted young musicians.
Fusing traditional and contemporary instruments and genres, Netsai Chigwendere is undoubtedly destined for fame.
She calls her music “Chimurenga Soul”, which speaks volumes about her desire to maintain her roots in as much as she wants to keep abreast with changing genres internationally.
Netsayi has shared the stage and ideas with the likes of Hugh Masekela, Boubacar Traore, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and K’Naan.
About Hifa, Netsayi said: “I am so excited. I love Hifa as a festival. I haven’t had the opportunity to play at it (Hifa) for more than five years, but home is and always has been where my heart is.”