Festive Season Arts Alert

Nkululeko Nkala

December is the month of parties the world over. Art is the vehicle to most of the memories created in the month of December.

It’s either thanks to the preferred songs for parties or the actual arts events.

This December promises to be a notch above the rest with no regard for the current economic situation.

Tomorrow night the city reverberates to the sounds of man of the moment Killer T backed by high flying artiste Mzoe 7 at The Vista Restaurant and Pub.

In a counter attraction legendary Thomas Mapfumo makes his first return to the performance stage in the city, after many years overseas.

The Chimurenga star on his return to Bulawayo is backed by Bulawayo king of music Jeys Marabini who is enjoying the success of his latest album Ntunjambili.

In a case of North meets South, it should be an interesting show. The entertainment calendar should be warmed up to go after this weekend.

The Bulawayo City Council programmes dubbed Christmas Cheer Festivities also roar into life next weekend on the 14th at Nketa Park in Mpopoma.

The festival is for 3 days and will feature some of the best arts groups in the city as they take turns to entertain Bulawayo residents for free.

Last year the showcase featured the likes of Jeys Marabini, Sandra Ndebele, Black Umfolosi, Cool Crooners, Harsh Touch and Umkhathi Theatre.
The event is followed by switching on of the lights by the mayor of Bulawayo on the 21st of December 2018.

This coincides with the second edition of Skyz Metro Music Awards which are on its second edition and will also happen on the 21st of December at the Large City Hall.

With the list of nominations out and judging from the quality of nominees, it promises to be an amazing event.

This December also welcomes our favourite Makokoba event, Ibumba International Festival of the Arts.

It has bounced back running under the theme #Boom. After a two-year sabbatical the festival will surely fill in a necessary gap in terms of arts platforms.

Mark your calendar 20-22 December, Makokoba is the place to be.

There is obviously the issue of the Kalawa Homecoming, even though the promoters have not yet advertised their event, when they finally do, they will surely get our streets buzzing.

It’s by far the hottest ticket in the country and has brought us amazing South African acts like AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Mafikizolo and Zola in the past years.

The final shutdown will be what has been dubbed as Arts Extra, the alternative entertainment Calendar.

This is a mixture of dance, theatre, comedy and music. Featuring in the line-up are the likes of globetrotting Iyasa, Centre for Talent Development, Victory Siyanqoba and Savanna Trust from Harare.

There is also a rumour of a Shutdown Street Party on the 31st of December and a picnic on the 1st of January featuring local acts.

Until next week, be safe . . .

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