HARARE Afro-soul beat music sensation Tariro Ruzhidzo, aka Tariro neGitare, on Wednesday night serenaded Rainbow Cinema with her music as she entertained a near full house at a charity gig to fundraise for three fashion designers invited for the African Fashion Week show in Toronto, Cananda.
The 120 fashion fundraiser was organised by Hunnar Management Agency to fundraise for Zimbabwe representatives at the Toronto show, Sidumiso Tshuma of Shadow by S’due, Nkululeko Ncube of Rebellious Klothing and Sheenah Moyo of the label BlinQ.
Performing solo for the first time in Bulawayo, Tariro neGitare did not disappoint as she belted out several of her favourite songs, much to the delight of revellers who braved the chilly weather and the fact that it was mid-week.
Clared in a black and orange attire, she took to the stage with her backing vocalists Maria Chisvo and Rufaro Chaniwa accentuating her performance with their close harmonies.
With most of her songs centering on love and relationships, she hit her stride with her song Uripi in which she demonstrated versatility by fusing her melody with dance-hall and hip-hop.
However, the element of surprise came when she changed tempo, turning into rap music.
Due to her musical style and her prowess when stringing the guitar, She was compared to singer Tracey Chapman known for her smash hits Fast Car and Give Me One Reason.
Her last song Wild Fire got people singing along, ululating and adding the percussive element by clapping hands. When it was time-up, the crowd roared: Encho, encho.
Blesing Chitawutare, one of the revellers said he was impressed by her supporting the three designers to attend the Fashion Week in Canada.
“I have been to her shows previously and I must say she is a great performer, I like the idea that as Africans we are supporting one another,” said Chitawutare.
Gilmore Moyo, a representative of Hunnar Management Agency said: “We really appreciate the turn out which was great, we only had two weeks to plan this event and advertised on almost every social networking site.”