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Magaya joins musicians at Gwanzura fiesta

Magaya joins musicians at Gwanzura fiesta Prophet Magaya

Arts Reporters
The stage has been set for a variety of events that will bring musicians together on a social platform at Gwanzura tomorrow.

The festivities of the day that include soccer, music, and clashes on stage will begin in the morning running late into the night.

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya is expected to grace the event that will see musicians from sungura and Zimdancehall squaring up.

Musicians from both genres will first clash in a soccer match before they take their competition on stage.

The charity match, held under the “Chipaz Bhora” banner, previously brought musicians and soccer legends together but this year it will only be a musicians’ affair.

The debate on whether dancehall has overtaken sungura in terms of popularity has been topical at most discussions.

Pacific and Star FM have collaborated in taking the debate to various areas in the country where disc jockeys play sungura and dancehall and invite people to vote for the better genre.

The “Chatsva nePacific Sungura versus Dancehall” programme that has been running on Star FM will also come to an end at Gwanzura tomorrow when Skywalker and Templeman square up in the grand finale of the weekly programme.

Results of the programme have shown that sungura is still more popular than dancehall in most areas although young people prefer the latter.

In the soccer match, the sungura side will be coached by Oliver Mtukudzi and Charles Charamba while Godfatha Templeman will lead the Zimdancehall team.

Musicians that will play on the sungura side include Alick Macheso, Suluman Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah, Tryson Chimbetu, Kapfupi, Peter Moyo, Nicholas Zakaria and Mathias Mhere.

In the Zimdancehall team would be musicians like Soul Jah Love, Winky D, Tocky Vibes, Killer T, Jay C, Seh Calaz, Kinnah, Freeman and King Shaddy.

After the match, the musicians will take to the stage in the “After Bhora” party that is expected to be an all-night event.

The rise of Zimdancehall has led to the rise of many young musicians, especially from high-density suburbs, that pursue the genre.

Zimdancehall musicians now outnumber sungura musicians and they churn out songs daily while their sungura counterparts take their time to come up with albums.

Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz promotion said the debate about the genres inspired him to come up with the soccer match pitting musicians from the genres and the “Afrer Bhora” party to have fun as well as give a networking platform for musicians.

He said Magaya will grace the event to encourage musicians to preach unity and work together in various projects.

Magaya will also assist in coaching the team of electronic media journalists that will play a curtain-raising match against their counterparts from print media and indications are that he might eventually play in the team.

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