Winky D and Ninja Lipsy perform at the HICC during the Mavado concert
ZIMBABWE’S dancehall star Winky D upstaged visiting Jamaican star Mavado last Friday at the Harare International Conference.
The Zimbabwean star, now known as the ‘Ninja President’ had a live band and, according to concert goers, performed much better than Mavado.
There was a full house at the Harare International Conference Centre on Friday and Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, delivered a rather subdued performance using backtracks, unlike Winky D now who had a live band.
From the outset, Winky D’s high-energy whipped fans into a frenzy as he belted out tune after tune. Throughout his act, Winky D had the over 5 000 crowd on its feet and received rapturous cheers whenever he finished a track.
This, however, did not go down well with not only Sniper, another artiste who was part of the bill, who felt Winky D was “eating” into his time.
Mavado’s manager was also not happy. He felt that Winky D had literally stolen the show from the main act. In a fit of rage, Sniper (Donald Chirisa) lurched onto the stage towards the end of Winky D’s set and grabbed the microphone from him.
“Mupfana uyu amisa vanhu vese. Ikozvino Mavado akamira backstage for more than 30 minutes, (your time is up everyone including Mavado is waiting backstage), get off the stage now, I’m the general here,” he shouted before the promoter of the gig Clint Robinson of C&A Entertainment intervened.
Incensed by Sniper’s move, the crowd went haywire and chaos broke out with some of them throwing missiles from all corners of the auditorium. But the “Ninja president” stood aloof before he was whisked away by bouncers.
Not to be outclassed was Guspy Warrior who gave a memorable performance and left fans screaming for more.
The moment most dancehall fans were waiting for came as Mavado took to the stage after Winky D’s exhilarating performance.
The so-called “Gully Gaad” made a grand entrance while the overly excited Dj cheered on the crowd.
Lyrically, Mavado enchanted the crowd but performance wise, his act left a lot to be desired.
If promoters want to cut costs, one way of doing it without compromising quality is to assemble a band made up of Zimbabwe’s sought after session musicians to back the foreign artistes. If Clint had done this, Mavado could have delivered a good show.
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