Biggest street party ignites city

Enter1Entertainment Reporters—
Business came to a halt in the city centre on Saturday afternoon as the Harare International Carnival “Street Party” stole attention from all activities on Harare’s streets.The carnival procession began at the Exhibition Park and invaded Robert Mugabe Road, Angwa Street and Nelson Mandela Street before gathering at Africa Unity Square for a celebratory event.

Different organisations were involved with different countries including Zambia, Malawi, Brazil and Zimbabwe taking part exhibiting different cultures.

Along Robert Mugabe Road thousands of people gathered to witness dancers from different countries going through their paces and most of the spectators joined the march to Africa Unity Square.

Children’s dance groups displayed different dances much to the delight of the audience.

Children from different schools including Danhiko participated in the dance fiesta.

Many other groups took turns to dance on the streets but Brazilian girls that were almost naked caught the attention of many people on the streets.

There was glitz and glamour as Brazilians, Ethiopians, South Africans, Namibians, Zambians  and the Caribbeans from Trinidad & Tobago known for  its steel-pan, limbo and the music styles of calypso, soca and chutney did their stuff.

Also not to be outdone were Zimbabwe’s own Nyau dancers aka Gule Wamkulu, who performed to wild applause from the crowd.

For once, Harare the capital retained its glow with several parties lined up including beverages that were sold in the streets.

Traffic came to a halt as revellers sang along and danced to the moving rhythms.

In total, 16 countries took to the streets, showcasing their talents in categories; international, traditional group and contemporary for the senior category.

Trinidad & Tobago were the crowd favourites and just like Brazil, Nigeria and other international acts, they had life.

They surprised the audience and played a local tune “Manhanga Kutapira” that locals sang along.

Strangers were brought together while singing, dancing and drinking in the spirit of the carnival.

“This is the best festival ever! It’s free and the order of the day is to have, nothing less. I can’t wait for next year. In fact, we should have the carnival every month!” said one Simbarashe Marowa, who was enjoying the spectacle with his family.

The turnout was evident that locals are buying into the idea of the carnival although they have a lot to learn in terms of participation in the sidelines.

In other carnival strongholds, the sight is a delight as participants and spectators wear brightly coloured attire while cheering on or waving flags.

In a speech read on her behalf, Vice-President Joice Mujuru encouraged locals to continue to support the carnival.

“Carnivals have become a powerhouse for economic development in Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil and Nigeria. It is on such basis that Zimbabwe is encouraged to develop the Harare International Carnival into a viable and sustained global economic industry supported by talent, expertise, skill and knowledge that is exclusively Zimbabwean.”

The event that took almost a day saw musicians Sulumani Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah among others providing entertainment.

The curtain came down in style at the end of the day with performers Diamond Musica from Democratic Republic of Congo, Madiz, BaShupi and a Zambian group.

This paved way for the Zim Dancehall gig that took place at Harare Gardens.

Along First Street Robert Zhuwao and the Red Fox team brought dancehall artistes and the response was overwhelming.

A carnival is a creative art form, aesthetic and dramatic spectacle as well as an entertainment presentation on a mass level usually celebrated annually in many countries across the globe.

A carnival usually involves a public celebration or parade, combining elements of circus, masques and a street party.

It is a great way to showcase a country’s cultural heritage; its people, food, drink, music and its everything.

The first ever Zimbabwe International Carnival held in Harare last year was an exceptional achievement.

Two famous such events are the Rio Carnival in Brazil, also known as “The Greatest Show on Earth’”, and the Trinidad Carnival, commonly referred to as “The Greatest Party on Earth”.

Both carnivals have grown into international spectacles, bringing in hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.

As their tag lines suggest each brings a unique experience to the offering.

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  • Tarubva

    What a huge waste of time! Where these street parties are truly enjoyed, the countries have somehow stable economies. How can you enjoy a street party when you know there is no electricity at home, when there is no running water, and if it is available, it is not fit for human consumption, and when you have to be squeezed in a commuter omnibus going back home? Please be serious, President Mugabe we want uninterrupted electricity supply, clean running water in towns and indeed across the whole country, jobs, a decent public transport system, and a modern day public health system, like what everything was during Smith’s UDI. We really don’t want to utter the words that ‘Smith was better’, but what choice do we have when everything has been broken during 34 years of unadulterated chaos?

  • Tarubva

    What a waste of time! Where these street parties are enjoyable, the countries have somehow stable economies. How can you enjoy a street party when you know that there is no electricity at home, no clean and running water, you don’t have a job, you can’t get treatment at a public hospital, and you are going to be squeezed in a commuter omnibus going back? Please be serious, President Mugabe we want uninterrupted electricity supply, clean running water, jobs, a modern day healthcare system and a decent public transport system, just like what it was during Smith’s UDI. Can you just restore the country to the state it was when you took over in 1980: a currency stronger that the US dollar, agricultural colleges which were the backbone of the agriculture sector, a thriving manufacturing industry that managed to sustain a country under a blanket UN trade embargo/ sanctions, a police force that actually fought crime and not exacerbate it, and most important, a country that rewarded hard work and not corruption!

  • Zimbabwean Solja

    please show us the PICTURES

    • Jah

      This guy watches pon… I also think masturbation is your food. wakaluza

      • Zimbabwean Solja

        Thats so sad of you thinking like that,some of us are studying abroad and we want to see in Pictures of whats happening in my lovely country Zim

  • punungwe

    Yooho! Next year I will be attending the street party!

  • tony

    How much did it cost and how much did it contribute to the economy? How much were foreign artist paid and how much were locals paid?

    • brie

      locals and international artistes volunteered their services. they paid for their accommodation and stay here in zim

  • Tarubva

    What a complete waste of time and resources! Where these street parties are enjoyable, the countries have somehow stable economies. How can you enjoy a street party when there is no electricity at home, no clean running water, when you don’t have a job, and when you cannot be treated at a public hospital? Please President Mugabe, before street parties, we want uninterrupted electricity supply, clean and running water, a modern day healthcare system, jobs, and a decent public transport system. Or at least steer the country to where it was in 1980 when you took over from Smith: a currency stronger than the US dollar, a rock solid manufacturing sector that went blow for blow with the UN trade sanctions, clean water, jobs, efficient public transport system, a police force that fought crime and not exacerbate it, and above all, a country that rewarded hard work and not corruption. As usual, I would not expect the Herald to approve this post, but I am so happy that you are getting it guys!

  • lady africa

    what do you mean smith was better when black people were treated like second class citizens in their own land, when you were told were to live and were to go to school, where we didnt have a choice because you are black and when the white called themselves europeans but claiming that our land is their land, i would rather not have electricity in my house than to be treated like a second class in my country

  • EddieChi

    We Condone Pornography on the media But We Accept it on the Streets….God help My beloved country!

    • Mela

      come on man, this is not pornography. Just because zim does not have a beach you don’t see this. Get a grip

  • joe

    I think the organisers should publish their intended routes to avoid the confusion they caused the general public. The city roads where heavily congested and those of us who had other business not concerned with the carnival where inconvenienced. I

  • dick mboko

    Strange reporting Mr Editor. Nyau Dance (Gule Wamkulu) is a Malawian not a Zimbabwean dance

    • Nehanda Nyakasikana

      Dick Mboko you are also mistaken like the writer. Gule Wamkulu is from Zambia

  • Emru Kunanti

    But, there is only one thing which surprises me. If Beverley were to walk dressed like that or even perform dressed like that in a club, she would be arrested. But, we invite women all the way from Brazil to cum and strip here. A naked woman is a naked woman whether Brazilian or local. I know local women with betta bodies and can dance betta than that one.