MARTIN Sibanda and Ndolwane Super Sounds have scheduled a three-day tour of Matabeleland North in which the popular Kalanga group has lined up gigs in Lupane, Hwange and Victoria Falls.
The South Africa-based outfit regard the tour of Matabeleland North as homecoming gigs after spending several years entertaining fans far away from home.
Ndolwane Super Sounds manager Thandazani Nyoni said the purpose of the shows was largely to visit and entertain fans.
“We want to visit all our fans in Matabeleland North and eventually the whole country, as you are aware last week we toured the Midlands,” he said.
Nyoni said local shows such as the tour of Matabeleland North were a lucrative and vital means of survival.
“Shows at home are more rewarding than in South Africa. Performing is our business. We survive through live shows. We make more money in Zimbabwe because we hold live shows every weekend while in South Africa we perform after a while and we have very few shows despite the fact we also make significant amounts in terms of profit,” he said.
Ndolwane Super Sounds are set to light up the Kudu Bar in Victoria Falls on Friday night before taking their act to the Hwange Social Club on Saturday.
The group rounds off their weekend shows with a final gig at Lupane’s Wise Water on Sunday.
Supporting acts will include the National Arts Merit Award poetry winner Obert Dube and Pezhuba Pachena Marimba cultural group based in Hwange.
“Fans should come in numbers and not dread the cold as we are going to keep them busy the whole night,” Nyoni said.
The ensemble will also introduce a new dance throughout the tour (kiss), which follows after some dances they have choreographed in the past such as the komba komba.
“The kiss dance is so quick and vibrant. This dance is non-romantic, but will leave revellers asking for more. Kiss is common in slow music, but as a group we perform the dance using a fast genré of music,” he added.