BULAWAYO JAZZ outfit Thata Mojo, formerly known as Jazz Impacto, gave a mesmerising performance before an appreciative mature audience at the Selborne Hotel Terrace Gardens over the weekend.
The band, which used to be fronted by the United Kingdom-based Paul Lunga, enchanted jazz lovers through its polished act.
The saxophonist and pennywhistle player particularly wowed the audience with some breathtaking performances as they drew loud cheers each time they got into their element.
The group took revellers down memory lane by belting out yesteryear tracks that set the jazz scene alight.
“This music took us through tough times where we would labour for teaks and pennies but at the end of the day these songs would soothe us,” one woman reveller said.
One man in the audience said he looked forward to the hotel’s weekly jazz shows for their nostalgic effect on him and those of his generation.
“I want to thank these guys for this service because I had practically lost touch with the world,” he said.
Selborne Hotel proprietor Dave Ncube said the success of the Thata Mojo show was an indication that his establishment was now at the core of Bulawayo jazz.
Ncube said his major objective at the moment was to make Selborne Hotel the preferred hangout spot for the city’s mature residents that were being starved of entertainment due to the noisy nature of most joints.
He said they would continue to push for the revival of jazz to ensure that more senior citizens were catered for in terms of entertainment.
“This is just one step in our streak of shows lined up for the festive season.
“We are promising our patrons a good festive season line-up which will be filled with exuberance and electrifying performances,” Ncube said.
“I am happy that our aim to establish this hotel as a jazz hangout for the mature in Bulawayo is being realised.”