KwaNtuthu reggae show to promote Ndebele dancehall

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The Chronicle

Yvonne Ncube, Showbiz Correspondent

Last Sunday at the Vista in Bulawayo, the Kwantuthu Reggae/Dancehall invasion, a show that aims to promote Ndebele dancehall, was born.

Organizers said it would be a monthly event to keep the essence of the genre alive.

Outstanding performances were received from local artists including Ma9Nine, Bovas, Chipman Jipe, Senko, Mandie, Mae, Ras’ Taken, K. Malo, Empress Mimz, Spinx and Khazolamaak.

Media personality Khekhe (real name Nkokhelo Khumalo) said the event was born out of the realization that local reggae artists have limited platforms to showcase their work.

“The Kwantuthu Reggae/Dancehall invasion is a movement whose aim is to promote reggae/dancehall music produced in the City of Kings and Queens. The idea was born out of the realization that local reggae/dancehall artists have limited platforms to showcase their work. This event also comes in response to the fact that reggae/dancehall lovers have a limited appreciation for locally brewed reggae/dancehall music as it is considered a foreign genre in Bulawayo.

“Reggae/dancehall lovers and enthusiasts will discover a completely different world. The inaugural event saw performances from Bulawayo’s hottest reggae/dancehall artists. Our masters of ceremonies were renowned artists in this genre Gabs Fire and Mabreeza who runs a hangout spot in the city which is themed around this genre. We want it to be a monthly event so that this genre can get as much recognition as other genres,” Khekhe said.

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