Intwasa’s Women, Wine and Words  fest thrills

Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent
IT is a beautiful sight watching an all-female cast entertaining people and discovering their prowess on stage.

Not many times do Zimbabweans, especially those in Bulawayo, get to watch the very best of female musicians on stage but they had this rare opportunity during the just ended Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo.

The Women Wine and Words has become a premier attraction at the festival. The show is a mix of music and poetry held while the audience sips on wine.

Held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo last Thursday, the event drew a full house as curious and ardent followers congregated for yet another night to cherish. On stage were the likes of Mama Bass, Edith WeUtonga, Massa, Vera, Prudence Mabhena, Miss Vee, Nia Batsirai Chigama and Thando.

Prudence Mabhena, who has travelled the world, entertained, dazzled and got the people grooving as she kick-started the show on a high note. Her voice was powerful and emotive as she sang songs from her newly released album I’m Prudence. She set the bar high for the following artistes as they kept the show going with their engaging sets on guitar such as Vera and Thando.

However, it was when people like singer Masa Caroleen graced the stage and tore the roof off. Not many knew her at the beginning of the night, but at the end, they were left in awe after watching her perform.

Wrapping up the show was Edith WeUtonga. This was the first time she performed in Bulawayo ever since she won a Bulawayo Art Award and she proved her mettle on stage. Strumming her bass guitar, the audience could not resist dancing along to her music.

Pupils from King George VI were also in attendance to watch one of their own entertain the masses.

Over the years the Women, Wine and Words has grown in leaps and bounds and has also seen the increased attendance of men.

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