by Michael Chipato
THE 11th Zimfest exploded into its annual sea of colour last Saturday as thousands of mainly Southern Africans invaded south-west London.
Organisers of the oldest Zimbabwean festival said over 3,500 people had passed through the St George’s Playing Fields in Raynes Park.
“The festival was another fantastic success,” said spokesman Henry Makiwa. “We are enormously grateful to those who attended for creating a friendly and harmonious atmosphere.”
Indie-pop star Tinashe lived up to his billing with a stellar performance in the fading sun.
Tinashe, who surprised with a rendition of Oliver Mtukudzi’s ‘Todii/Senzenjani/What Shall We Do’, was introduced to the expectant crowd as “one of my favourite artists” by Noisettes star Shingai Shoniwa.
Before him, the crowd had been kept on its feet by BKay & Kazz, Jusa Dementor, Cynthia Mare, Oluhle and the Nigerian singer, JJC.
Some of the celebrities in attendance included boxer Dereck Chisora and Miss Zimbabwe 2008 Cynthia Muvirimi.
Follow this link to see New Zimbabwe’s exclusive pictures from the 2011 Zimfest [All pictures by Urginia Mauluka]