So it’s almost the weekend again but we can’t let the past weekend events just pass us by without a mention. It was probably the busiest weekend so far in the Zimbabwean entertainment community. We had three big events happening, and you know we are always there so we can bring you a round-up and recap of what happened for the benefit of you who missed out. We had the Miss World Zimbabwe UK we also had the Jive Festival in Birmingham and London then last but not least the King Alfred 29years as a DJ anniversary. Sadly I couldn’t attend all events and ended up at two only.
So I will start with the Jive Festival. I attended the family show on Sunday in London. I love family shows, there’s just something about seeing families having fun together and the children running around and bouncing on bouncy castles.we were blessed to have Selmor Mtukudzi and the Manatsas to entertain us. I hope you agree with me when I say we need more of Selmor Mtukudzi. I mean the young lady is talented but then again she’s the daughter of the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi so really talent runs in the blood. To top it off she’s married into another musical royal family Manatsa. We all remember the legend that is Zex Manatsa right? Well he has very talented sons who have/are finding their footing in the music industry. Anyway about the performance, the energy was amazing they complemented each other very well and were supported by the talented producer Macdee Chidavaenzi. We also had comedian Gonyeti making us laugh and tickling our ribs. All the performers gave it 100% I must say. I would have enjoyed it if they had more time on stage.
The event itself was great but I feel maybe the attendance could have been better. I don’t know but there’s a thing about London people and not attending events. Or maybe is it that the marketing was not so strong? Judging by the performance and the atmosphere I give the event out of 10 a 7. Just a few points let the event down like time management. If it had started on time perhaps artists would have had more time on stage to showcase their talent .
But before the Jive Festival I had the pleasure of attending the rebranded Miss World Zimbabwe UK at the London De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms. I have to applaud the pageant director for picking up the brand that was dead and reviving it. It wasn’t going to be an easy task getting it off the ground and getting support. It has been a few years since the last Miss Zim UK.
The calibre of the contestants was top notch. The road shows and scouting definitely worked out in their favour as they came out with the best we have seen for a long time. Because the pageant is under new directors as I mentioned earlier it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. I feel just a few tweaks here and there will make the pageant great again. A few things that needed attention and was visibly Missing was the decor. The stage and the venue was a little bit too plain and needed a pop of colour to show it was a Zimbabwean event. Other than that and maybe increase the number of ushers so that guests don’t have to wait outside for long waiting to be seated,it was a good event. The entertainment was fabulous we has Mr Mukoko Tytan who flew all the way from Zimbabwe and he didn’t disappoint, we also had the energetic Sisa Senkosi giving us some energy and attitude, not forgetting songstress Cynthia Mare who belted some of her most loved songs like ngoro and Moto Ngaubvire. Performances alone definitely a 10 out of 10. Out of 10 I give the event a 6.5 and I know it has potential to be great in future. I can’t wait for next year, they have already promised us fireworks and I just can’t wait. By the way the Miss World Zimbabwe UK winner and her two princesses are off to Zimbabwe to take part in the Miss World Zimbabwe and who knows they might bring the crown back to England and have the opportunity to represent Zimbabwe on a global stage.
Somewhere out there in Bicester Village the ladies got their best Fascinators for the inaugural Olinda Chapel Foundationhigh tea. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend but it was all for a good cause, highlighting the plight of the girlchild and collecting sanitary towels for the girls in Zimbabwe. From what I heard and saw on social media it was a success and everyone looked beautiful and elegant.Tytan also made an appearance there before dashing across to host the Miss World Zimbabwe UK.
Until next time I’m out. Sorry I couldn’t attend the King Alfred anniversary but I hear it was the business.