Jonathan Mbiriyamveka Entertainment Reporter—
The City Sports Centre was filled to capacity over the weekend as thousands of music lovers turned up for the Harare Cup Clash 2014 that drew some of the heavy hitters in Zim dancehall. The youthful crowd swelled in the afternoon ahead of the annual showdown which is held on the last day of the Harare Agricultural Show. As early as 6pm, there were long queues out of the venue for the all-night gig which is also meant to give a proper send-off for students before schools open.
Outside the City Sports Centre, which has become the ceremonial home for dancehall cup clashes, business was brisk at the food stalls dotted around the venue.
The loud cheers from the auditorium were enough to entice those who waited patiently to pay their way in.
Energy was high on and off the stage with several chanters taking turn to entertain the music lovers.
While the emcee battle showcased untapped talent, it was clear from the outset that Tocky Vibez was on everyone’s lips.
The crowd chanted his name not once, but throughout the gig. Indeed, Tocky Vibez is tearing up the airwaves with his conscious tunes which he effortlessly delivers.
Ras Pompy did his thing although missiles rained on stage during his performance that did not deter him from performing.
Jah Child also proved his mettle when he took to the stage but it was unfortunate for Platinum Prince whose act was cut short due to mayhem in the crowd.
But when Seh Calaz hit the stage backed by the Hotta Fyah, the crowd went wild.
The “Mabhanditi” protagonist did not leave anything to chance.
This time he wanted to make up for the last show held at the Harare Gardens where he was criticised for using backtracks.
So the Hotta Fyah band was on point and Seh Calaz delivered an excellent show.
He also dished out tunes that hit out at his so called enemies much the delight of the crowd.
He sealed off his show with the popular “Kwatinobva Kwakasiyana” where he basically narrates his upbringing as a ghetto youth.
The show continued unabated with selector Garry B and chanter Templeman sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Chitungwiza-based chanter Dhadza D aka the Fire President was full of energy and like Calaz he was backed by the Hotta Fyah band.
Dhadza D or Charger, came dressed in army fatigue and rocked the stage throwing down tune after tune.
He also took time to blast “beef” in Zim dancehall and said as a performing artiste he had no reason to hate other artistes. But the moment of reckoning came when Winky D took to the stage after fine tuning the PA system.
Like always, he stole the thunder with an amazing grand entrance dressed in a white tuxedo with a matching head gear.
Winky D or is it the Ninja President was fired up from start to finish and there were no dull moments.
His playlist comprised recent tunes which resonated well with the crowd.
Just after Winky D’s sterling performance came Soul Jah Love and the Conquering Family alongside Bounty Lisa.
And it was another show stopping act from the “Hauite Hauite” hitmaker who made sure fans had a great time at the gig.