Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent
ALL is set for the Anti-Sanctions Virtual Gala taking place tonight with artistes from across the country converging in Bulawayo to call for the removal of the embargo by the West while showcasing their talent.
Last year, Sadc declared October 25 as Anti-Sanctions Day and the virtual gala is part of activities that Zimbabwe has lined up this month.
Zimbabwe has been under illegal sanctions for the past 20 years following the successful land reform exercise at the turn of the millennium. This year’s Anti-Sanctions theme is: “Resilience, Progress and Solidarity under an environment of sanctions.”
The gala will be aired live on ZBCtv with President Mnangagwa expected to address the nation during the event.
Thirty musical acts, among them Jeys Marabini, Sandra Ndebele, Iyasa, Jah Master, Enzo Ishall, Minister Mahendere, Madlela Skhobokhobo, Selmor Mtukudzi and Judgement Yard will be part of the gala.
The gala taking place at the Rainbow Hotel will be broadcast live on ZBCtv, Heritage Tv and Zimpapers Television Network. The show will start at 6PM and end the next day at 6AM.
Other artistes who are billed to perform are Sniper Storm, Diamond Música, Progress Chipfumo, Juntal, Allan, Tryson and Douglas Chimbetu, Chief Hwenje, Mechanic Manyeruke, Mzoe7, Hwabaraty, Bolamba Culture Birds, Kireni Zulu, LMG Choir, Poptain/Allana, Franco Dhaka Slomo, Peter Moyo, Bruce Machingura, Irene Mutangadura, Mahendere Senior, Sweet Moby and Vimbai Zimuto.
Speaking ahead of today’s event, Jeys Marabini said as artistes, they are fully behind the Government’s message of Anti-Sanctions.
“We’re trying as artistes, to get the message out there that the sanctions are hurting not only us, but the generality of Zimbabweans. We all want to live better lives and we call for them to go,” said Jeys Marabini.
Nkululeko Dube, the director of Iyasa said beyond sanctions, Zimbabwe is a beautiful country whose potential needs to be realised.
“It’s important that we send the message out there about Anti-Sanctions, because Zimbabwe is a beautiful country and we believe that beyond sanctions, we can become the breadbasket of Africa,” said Dube.
Mzoe 7 said he was behind the Government’s Anti-Sanctions drive as an artiste as he wants a better life for the nation.
“We thank the Ggovernment for involving the artistes in helping spread the message of Anti-Sanctions. We’re the best people to communicate with society and tell the message. We wish to see the best for our country as we all want a better life.
“We hope the message will be understood by everyone,” said Mzoe7, before promising the virtual audience a performance of their lifetime that will feature a full band and dancers. – @bonganinkunzi