SOUTH AFRICAN songbird Zahara staged a brilliant performance on Saturday night at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre in aid of the Tokwe Mukosi and Tsholotsho flood victims.
Hundreds of fans braved the cold to attend the show that turned out to be a sisters’ affair as the Afro-soul musician shared the stage with three other female artistes, Cynthia Mare, Sandra Ndebele and Diana Samkage.
The show, which was scheduled to start at 7pm kicked off minutes before 11pm. Clad in a yellow African attire afro-fusion musician, Mare hogged the limelight with songs from her latest album Songs my mother loved in a tribute to her late mother.
Mare did not disappoint the fans who had been waiting for four hours as she opened with a song Weakness in me by American musician Keisha White which Zahara also performed later on. Her powerful voice coupled with her dance moves wowed the crowd who joined in dance despite the cold.
Ndebele followed Mare with energetic dance routines together with her dancers. Ndebele lifted up her left hand to show off her wedding ring as she sang to the song Sukuma before asking the audience “who said married women must not dance?”
Accompanied by professional male soukous dancers, a genré of dance music that originated from Congolese rumba to much amazement, Ndebele went on to perform split gymnastics. Samkange dressed in attire that bore colours of the Zimbabwean flag gracefully showcased her recently-acquired mbira playing skills and played the tambourine much to the delight of the audience.
The Kumagumo Erudo hitmaker was recently involved in a car accident after her vehicle veered off the road and hit a wall, but she escaped without any injuries. Before Zahara could take to the stage, fans started calling out her name.
The award-winning singer, clad in a beautiful black, blue and yellow dress confidently took to the stage with her band, lighting up the atmosphere.
She sang Incwadi Encane, Loliwe and Umthwalo Wami among other songs from her debut album Loliwe, which proved to be a big success in 2011.
Revellers jostled to get pictures with Zahara as the artiste came off stage. After the scintillating show Zahara said the concert was awesome and the reception was great.
“This show was so nice. People sang along from the first song I performed to the last. Bulawayo is like a second home to me,” she said.
Zahara said she had dedicated a song to the flood victims and believed the shows she staged in Bulawayo and Harare would change their lives.