Art correspondent Ivan Zhakata
A strong line-up of artists spanning multiple music genres has been assembled to delight show-goers on October 25th when Zimbabwe joins the SADC region to mark Anti-Sanctions Solidarity Day.
The huge musical gala is scheduled for the Chitungwiza Aquatic Center and will take place from 18:00 to 06:00.
The music concert is themed ‘Strengthening Zimbabwe’s resilience through economic engagement and reintegration’.
Earlier in the day President Mnangagwa would have led the nation to commemorate the SADC Anti-Sanctions Solidarity Day adopted at the 39th SADC Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in August 2019.
Since then, SADC countries and some African and other friendly global nations have used October 25 to launch various activities, including marches and speeches, all aimed at demanding the lifting of illegal sanctions imposed by the United Nations-led Western nations States against Zimbabwe were imposed States and Great Britain.
To ensure that no one is left behind in the anti-sanctions fight, the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services has organized an anti-sanctions music gala that will feature some of the country’s best artists.
Some of the artists who will perform at the gala are Dendera Music Star Sulumani Chimbetu, Sandra Ndebele, Chief Hwenje, Lecturer Nicholas Zakaria, Freeman, Rising Star Mark Ngwazi, Minister Michael Mahendere, Zora Music Maestro Leonard Zhakata, Andy Muridzo, Killer T , the police band, Munyaradzi Munodawafa and the poet Nqobile Malinga.
Others include gospel sensations Agartha Murudzwa, Dorcas Moyo and Mathias Mhere, Jah Master, Bazooka, Iyasa, DJ Fantan and Levels, Dadza D and Mndhlera Skobokobo, who will entertain revelers throughout the all-night music show.
The concert will take place both physically and virtually, with those unable to travel to Chitungwiza able to follow the proceedings on ZBC TV, which will be broadcasting the gala live.
The gala comes at a time when most of the developed world is clamoring for the sanctions to be lifted.
The United States is understood to have been shocked by the unanimity among mainly African leaders to call for the lifting of sanctions that now affect not just Zimbabwe but the entire region.
Since November 24, 2017, President Mnangagwa has been promoting engagement and rapprochement efforts with all countries that have severed ties with Zimbabwe, under the motto “Friend for all, Enemy for none”.