Some of Zimbabwe’s finest artistes are set to take to the stage as the country co-hosts the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly from tomorrow to August 29, 2013. While attention will be on the assembly’s deliberations, entertainers such as Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Suluman Chimbetu, Mbira DzeNharira, Sandra Ndebele and Mokoomba, among others, will be out to get a share of the world’s limelight.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has pledged to put up a show to remember when it hosts the Tourism Night at Victoria Falls Primary School tomorrow evening.

ZTA director of corporate affairs Mr Sugar Chagonda described tomorow’s free gig as a celebration.

“Zimbabwe has every reason to celebrate its hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly because it is a chance that a country will only get after about 300 years if all the organisation’s member countries are to rotate playing host to this important event.

“The Tourism Night event will be a free show so we expect a full house and I think the event presents the local artistes who will perform with a great opportunity to show the world what they are capable of,” he said.

The high-riding Chimbetu has had so much international exposure this year, having performed in the UK, Seychelles, Uganda, etc and is relishing the prospect of wowing an international audience on home soil.

Winky D

Winky D

For Mokoomba and Chicken Bus, the Tourism Night will be held in familiar environs as they both hail from Victoria Falls.

The much-sought-after Jah Prayzah intends to grab the opportunity to take to the stage at the UNWTO conference with both hands.

“It’s a massive opportunity and we are ready for it. I also understand that all the artistes who will represent Zimbabwe on stage are working on delivering five-star performances so it going to be a night to remember,” he said.

Meanwhile, the UNWTO General Assembly theme song, “Zimbabwe Breeze”, which was produced by Russell Chiradza (Russo) and features Sulu, Audius Mtawarira, the late Chiwoniso Maraire, Albert Nyathi and Mono Mukundu, will naturally be the soundtrack of the conference. Russo disclosed that the group will use its performances during the UNWTO conference to honour Maraire, who died last month.

“We will take to the stage without someone to sing Chiwoniso’s lines, we will use a backtrack for her part as our way of honouring her.

“I also don’t think we could have found anyone good enough to match or do better than Chiwoniso even if we had tried,” said the acclaimed producer.



Date: 23 august 2013