Some of Bulawayo’s greatest music exports in Europe joined hands with jazz sensation Jeys Marabini to bring the house down at Viena’s Dschungel Wien MQ theatre on Saturday night.
Jeys is touring several European countries and the performance alongside Iyasa and Insingizi in Austria was hyped on social networks as the highlight of the tour.
The artistes believe the show lived up to its billing with revellers dancing the night away to Bulawayo’s traditional music and jazz.
“Yesterday (Saturday) proved to be a night to remember for the Austrians who thronged the venue,” Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube said.
“It was filled to capacity and some guests had to listen from outside the venue. Jeys Marabini, Insingizi and Iyasa proved beyond doubt that they are international brands and every Zimbabwean should be proud of them.
“They had a standing ovation, they had the people dancing until the early hours of Sunday.”
Dube said following the success of the show, plans were already underway to host another African night in September to celebrate the theatre’s 10th anniversary.
“In my history as an arts director I have not seen a collaboration of local artists on stage jell and electrify an audience like yesterday,” he said.
“In the end they played together, danced together and you would be forgiven for believing this was one group.”
Insingizi — based in Europe — took to Facebook to applaud the performance.
“We had a fantastic evening of music and dance with Iyasa and Jeys Marabini at the Dschungel Wien MQ,” the group posted.
“Thanks to each and every one of you who filled all the seats despite the German-Ghana world cup match.”
Jeys and his band left the country early this month and are scheduled to perform in Austria, Germany and Hungary during their tour.
Jeys’ five-member band includes Kelvin Ndlovu (bass guitarist), Trevor Mnaphi (drummer), Mzingaye Ndlela (percussionist), Mthabisi Moyo (guitarist) and Dumisani Nkomo (vocalist).