Problem Masau Arts Correspondent
Popular dancer Beverly Sibanda has enlisted in the services of South African singer Freddy Gwala and chanter Shiga Shiga (real name Gift Katulika) in an album that is set for release next month. The vivacious dancer is set to sing her own songs at Private Lounge tomorrow when she shares the stage with Suluman Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah.
The album, which is heavily inclined to South African “di gong” beat, has some rhumba tracks where Shiga Shiga is featured.
Since her entrance on the entertainment circles, Bev as she is affectionately known by her legions of fans, has been using backtracks for her choreography.
Beverley’s manager, Hapaguti Mapimhidze, said the versatile dancer has evolved to become a complete entertainer.
“The girl is highly talented and it shows that she is not leaving anything to chance. Bev will be performing her own songs on Thursday,” he said.
Depending on the success of the album, this might signal Bev’s movement from the dance floor to mainstream entertainment.
She described her album as an early Christmas present to her fans.
“My fans have stood by me through my trying times and they deserve something better. As an artiste, I should strive to stay on top and I hope by this innovation, I will remain the most recognisable dancer in the land,” she said.
Over the years, the dancer has had a love-hate relationship with her fans.
The mere mention of her name conjures images of sensual, seductive and erotic dances, but the bubbly dancer seems to thrive on controversy.
After her arrest last year, she claimed that the arrest was a blessing in disguise as it boosted her popularity.
However, the show will be a litmus test for the dancer as she will be sharing the stage with seasoned performers Suluman and Jah Prayzah.
Both artistes have been on top of their game and their duet, “Sean Timba”, is a serious contender of the Song of the Year Award.
What makes the midweek gig even more intimate and special is that at the gala dinner, Sulu singled out Jah Prayzah whom he will be sharing the stage as one of the artistes who inspire him to do better.
The two artistes, whose combination has taken the country by storm, even sang the national anthem together and have ever since dazzled audiences with their high energy acts.
Their star power has defied all rules of entertainment with the two even staging shows on Mondays in some parts of the country and tomorrow’s show is likely to be oversubscribed as people scramble to have a glimpse of the new place.
Jah Prayzah, who dazzled music fans at last Thursday’s inauguration gala, has pledged to recreate the electric atmosphere.
“Thursdays are party days. Since this show is dubbed the Summer Ignition Gig, we are going to ensure that we really ignite summer at the new venue,” declared the gangly musician.