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Rain fails to dampen the Zimfest festival spirit

By King Mambo

The biggest event on the UK Zimbabwe music calendar has proved a big hit with the fans once again.

An estimated 2,000 fans descended on Colesdale Farm just outside London on Saturday the 31 of July to hear a series of top acts headlined by the enigmatic Jah Prayzah.

Despite the mild rain early in the day fans were enthusiastic and keen to go on enjoying themselves. With the country coming out of lockdown, mild rain was never going to hold anyone back. Soon after 1pm families, groups of friends, couples and solo party growers began trooping in.

Thousands of fans, who appeared well equipped for the rain, made their way to the marquees housing the various stages around the festival site.

This year’s supporting acts included fast rising dancehall star Poptain as well as Tammy Moyo, Gemma Griffiths, Gary Mapanzure and the 9ine hit maker Qounfused who grazed the stage with Scotland based socialite Vuyi and drove the crowd with their chemistry and electric dances.

The breakout performance of the day was by Poptain as he belted hit after hit as he synced perfectly with his band. His signature dances left the crowd in a daze and towards the end of his set the crowd joined him as he sang his biggest hit Kokai twice over.

As for the main act, it was the man of the moment Jah Prayzah as he introduced songs from his highly anticipated album Gwara. He opened his set with the hit Svovi, and the crown sang along as he held his microphone into the crowd encouraging them to sing along. He went on to play past and current hits, and he left the crown wanting more but the time his time was up.

For those that had waited two years for Zimfest, it was well worth the wait as the sound system was crystal clear, and revellers were spoilt for choice as there were several other DJ led tents on site playing Amapiano, Afro beat and Bashment.

A rep from Zimfest thanked all that braved the weather to grace the occasion, the sponsors Express Links, Nyaradzo Assurance, Diaspora Insurance and promised more top acts for next year’s edition.

As for Zimfest 2022 most fans interviewed hoped to see Winky D, Nutty O, some Amapiano live act and the return of Poptain. □

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