Bruce Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
JAH Prayzah, Sulumani Chimbetu, Sebastian Magacha, Selmor Mtukudzi and Shinsoman proved why they are the cream of local music despite inclement weather threatening to put a damper on the Bulawayo leg of their star-studded Gloria Tour. The four, alongside sultry-voiced songbird Alaina and local star Jeys Marabini did their best to light up a gloomy Bulawayo, which has been dogged by heavy rain in the past few weeks.
The City of Kings was the second stop of the Gloria Tour, after the first concert was held in Chitungwiza earlier last week. The tour comes to an end at the Harare Gardens on 19 March. It forms part of Gloria Flour’s efforts to give back to the community and is aimed at giving fans the opportunity to watch their favourite stars in action, free of charge.
The Bulawayo gig lived up to the tour’s aims when Selmor, Jah Prayzah, Sulumani, Shinso, Sebastian Magacha and Alaina came together on stage to perform a rendition of the tour’s theme song, You Will Shine.
Despite coming from different genres, the artistes complemented each other to perfection, as they got the sizeable crowd that had braved the steady rain on their feet with the energetic mash of their talents.
Earlier Selmor had won the hearts of the crowd with a performance that proved to be a feast for both the eyes and ears, as she managed to blend her soulful voice with expert choreography. The award winner proved that she is now an artiste in full bloom, with many baying for encore performances of some of the songs she performed on the day.
Crowd favourite, Jah Prayzah, had the fans reciting the lyrics to some of his song even before his appearance on stage. Decked in his trademark army regalia, he indeed looked like a general marshalling his troops, as he gave a sharp and concise set.
He breezed through the set that was largely composed of songs from his hit Jerusarema album, with crowd-pleasing songs Eriza and Chinamira garnering the most reaction. Deep voiced dancehall sensation Shinsoman also found favour with the largely youthful crowd, who appreciated his energetic performance.
Dendera prince Sulumani as well as Alaina, Magacha and Jeys also gave performances worthy of a gathering of the country’s music royalty.