SKYZ Metro FM’s CEO Qhubani Moyo has pulled off what must surely be the mother of all gigs this year with the Bulawayo 2019 Shutdown Concert set for Queens Sports Club, which will pit South Africa’s Nasty C, Mafikizolo, Amapiano star De Mthuda of Shesha Geza fame against Zimbabwe’s Winky D, Asaph, Cal_Vin, Novuyo Seagirl. Other local artistes include Msiz’kay, Shashl, GDA Fire, Mzoe 7, DJ Skaiva and Dostro & MK.
“It’s never been done. It came about as a result of the partnership we have with Sevin Entertainment in the UK and Universal Music Group. Skyz Metro FM is the official media partner on the radio side,” Moyo said in an interview with IndependentXtra.
Hip-hop king Asaph is itching to get his 15 minutes on the grand stage during the concert which will see the channel beaming the event live to its millions of viewers. Commenting on the new partnership, Moyo said they were excited about the deal.
According to Moyo, MTV Base will have stadium naming rights for the event and will capture content live for use as content in some of its programmes. MTV Base has already done a promotional video of the show which will be aired on the television channel from now up to the staging of the show.
“Further to that, the channel will use its popular social media platforms which include their Twitter handle, Facebook and Instagram pages to post promotional material to popularise the Bulawayo Shutdown among its legion of followers,” Moyo said.
Energetic Afrobeat singer and choreographer Mzoe 7 is itching for an opportunity to shine on the grand stage. “It’s the biggest event in city and we promise fireworks as we wrap up the year. I feel honoured to be performing among Zimbabwe’s best talents and South Africa’s best talents. The show caters for every individual from young to old with different acts and genres,” gushed Mzoe 7, who is part of the stellar billing.
The gig is a fitting replacement for the annual gigs which used to feature Kalawa Jazmee headed by Oscar Mdlongwa under “The Homecoming” banner. The gigs would be largely dominated by South African artistes. The Bulawayo Shutdown concert is different in the number of local urban artistes that will feature at the event and is being hailed as an opportunity for artistes to shine.
“So that they can get to the high-level stage so that they can be seen by other actors that they, too, can do it,” Moyo said, explaining the opportunity local artistes have been presented with.
Industry watchers are placing the good money on hip-hop kings Asaph and Cal_Vin, Afrobeat star Mzoe 7 and DJ Skaiva to lead the charge in helping cement Bulawayo’s reputation as the creative hub of this country.