THE Women, Words and Wine show lived up to its billing on Tuesday night before hundreds of revellers in an event which turned out to be a women’s affair at the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo.
Women in Theatre, Extreme, Sithandazile Dube, Lady Tshawe, Thandy Dhlana and Nobuntu performed before an appreciative audience.
The show, which started at 5pm, was opened by an act from Women in Theatre titled The Proposition which highlighted how society reacts to women’s issues.
One of the leading female poets in Bulawayo, S’thandazile Dube, chanted two poems Izolo Lidlule Lamazolo and Yisizwe Bani Esinje?
Lady Tshawe recited 10 Things I Want to Say to Future Husbands and A Gentleman’s Love.
Ethno soul musician Dhlana, clad in a red outfit, hogged the limelight with her tune Hamba, accompanied by musicians Exmile and Zet Moyo. Her powerful voice and dance moves intrigued the crowd who joined in dance.
The final act by the all-female a cappella group Nobuntu did not disappoint fans as they sang Shosholoza by late Don Gumbo and other renditions by Mahotela Queens.
The group took to the platform to speak to the men who were present at the event addressing issues of abuse.
“Do not beat us up. We bear children and cook for you, but in return you ill-treat and abuse us,” they said.
Nyaradzo Rupare, a reveller who attended the show, said she was happy to be part of the event.
“Such shows encourage us to open up about our problems,” she said. “We feel comfortable when we are together as women. It is easy for us to understand each other. Men can never understand what we go through. We do not only come to share our challenges, but our joys as well.”