SUNGURA ace Alick Macheso mesmerised Victoria Falls revellers on Thursday night when he put up a scintillating act during the Zimbabwe Red Cross concert, aiding the humanitarian organisation raise more than $10 000 for charity.
Macheso, a goodwill ambassador for Zimbabwe Red Cross, belted out his past and present favourite tunes, leaving the revellers, estimated at over 3 000, people asking for more.
The lively performance by Macheso and his band coupled with a general good patronage by Victoria Falls residents that thronged to Chinotimba Stadium seemed to please the organisation’s officials who least expected a huge attendance, considering the timing of the concert.
The association’s head of marketing and public relations, Takemore Mazuruse, said the concert was a huge success and was surprised by the attendance.
“We had more than 3 000 people who attended the concert all paying $3 each. Although I can’t give off hand the exact figure the money was $9 000 plus from gate takings, before we add that of food and beverages which were being sold at the venue,” Mazuruse said.
The show started at 8pm at Chinotimba Stadium, but revellers had already flocked to the venue earlier.
Barring a few drunkards, the show was largely peaceful.
“It was a huge success considering the timing of the concert which was on a Thursday when the following morning people were supposed to go for work. However, they came in their numbers to support the noble cause. We want to thank the people of Victoria Falls since they did not come to have fun only, but to support our charity programmes.”
He said they were going to hold such concerts more often around the country to raise more money for their charitable programmes for the 2013 and 2014 calendar.
“Our humanitarian ambassador Macheso is more than willing to help in this cause. Even our youth advocate, Tryson Chimbetu, has indicated that he will be vigorously supporting us. In fact, Chimbetu in all his shows he moves around with Red Cross collection boxes where he calls upon his fans to donate some money for us,” he said.
“We are optimistic that the corporate world will continue to support us. We have also romped in Peter Moyo of Utakataka Express as a volunteer and are doing Red Cross work.”
A live DVD was also being shot at the concert and would be sold with the proceeds going towards the Red Cross charity coffers.