Mafikizolo shine in stellar ZiFM birthday bash

Harare turned up for the epic ZiFM Stereo fourth birthday bash at Harare’s Belgravia Sports Club on Saturday night.

The crowd earlier on at the ZiFM Stereo birthday bash PIC: Zaza Ndlovu

The crowd earlier on at the ZiFM Stereo birthday bash PIC: Zaza Ndlovu

The night featured multi award-winning duo Mafikizolo, fellow South African star KO, Winky D, Jnr Brown, Judgement Yard and Jah Prayzah. There was an earlier performance from AmaBeyond but we really didn’t get to see that.

Mafikizolo was the standout, energetic performance. If you thought that their international awards were just based on some convoluted marketing gimmick you were far off the mark. Their engaging set was worth the full ticket all on its own. Oh and the dances. Yes the dances. Goodness, the dances. Full, unhinged, rich with expression and just a pleasure.

Winky D’s social consciousness came to the fore in one line where he slipped in two lines asking police not to teargas innocent people. His performance was bags of what we have come to expect from the Ninja President as he belted hit after hit from the classics to some of his latest material.

After him KO showed why he is rated as one of the best in South Africa’s hip hop circles with powerful measured show of skill not only the mic but in connecting with the crowd.

The  big disappointment was Jah Prayzah who arrived when quite frankly most of the crowd was beat. He sounded a bit tired and for some observers it felt as if he did not have a prepared set. Add to that the poor sound and crowded stage which resulted in parts of the audience leaving.

A good show once you got in but the rudeness and unnecessarily physical behaviour of many of the bouncers at the entrance especially on the VIP side was not the sort of thing that the show needed. It’s a perennial problem at these large gigs and it’s unacceptable for them to treat a paying public so discourteously.

That said, four years deep, ZiFM in partnership with 2 Kings Entertainment showed that they know how to throw a party.

  • I was disappointed some of the local rappers who were slated to perform didn’t get a chance to grace the stage.