In a bid to continue promoting local entertainment and strengthen ties between China and Zimbabwe, the Chinese community in the country has opened a new casino joint at Shangri La complex in Harare.
The casino, situated at Lisboa Entertainment Centre, Shangri-La along Emmerson Mnangagwa road, has been named “Happy Sunday” according to the owners.
The launch held last Saturday saw Dreamstar crew members serenading guests with fashion, music, poetry and beatboxing, among other acts.
Artistes such as Fusion 5 Mangwiro and Mwenje Mathole put up scintillating performances. There was also a snippet from the Makanaka fashion show, where models strut their stuff.
Speaking at the launch, the casino’s chairperson Mrs Huang said they were happy with its opening as the development was long overdue. “This one year made us feel that we have made the right choice and appreciate that Harare is a great place,” she said. “It has a pleasant climate, beautiful environment, and great and kind people.
“The Chinese people in Zimbabwe also love and help each other, a great sign of the traditional virtues of China.”
Mrs Huang said in the past year, they received support and help from all sectors of the Zimbabwean community, including the police, immigration and other Government departments, as well as the Chinese community in Zimbabwe.
“The support enabled us to quickly adapt to the Zimbabwean environment and get our business on the right track,” she said. “As Lisboa Entertainment Centre, we would like to appreciate all of you for your great support, love and care.
“Lisboa is a home to all our friends. Our casino, karaoke and accommodation services are all important brands. We provide a safe, clean and pleasant environment for our compatriots to feel at home.”
Some guests who attended the event welcomed the casino.
“We seem to have few casinos in Harare and this should be praised because it is much of entertainment that we also want. It is such creations that make and promote the tourism sector of a country,” said 43-year-old Peter Muriswa. Another fan identified as Monique from Chisipite congratulated the organisers for a successful launch and said this will strengthen ties between Zimbabwe and China.
“What I liked about this show today (Saturday) is they managed to fuse local and Chinese art and entertainment. Music is a universal language, hence we were not only celebrating the casino, but also the two cultures,” she said.