Zen Promotions officially marked its return this past weekend with Clash of the Giants headlined by Zimbabwean artist, Jah Prayzah, but the music festival on Saturday was marred by sound problems.
The festival, which also featured musical heavyweights such as Botswana’s Franco & Afro Musica, Charma Gal, Vee Mampeezy and Slizer, was expected to be a cracker looking at the line-up. All artists, except Vee Mampeezy and Tshepo G performed with live bands.
While artists did enough to impress the revelers on the night, the sound issue became a nightmare much to the disappointment of the artists and revelers. Sound engineers spent the better part of the festival trying to fix the issue of sound. But they seemed unable to find solutions forcing artists to make do with what was there for the show to go ahead.
In most cases, revelers had to wait for a long time for the next act to come up on stage as sound engineers battled to bring up the best quality sound. With the festival attracting a sizeable crowd, mostly Zimbabweans, it nearly turned chaotic when the crowd seemed to run out of patience. Others hurled unpalatable words while one could see one or two throwing missiles on stage demanding that their favorite artists come up on stage. However, security and the MC of the night, MC Ronnie managed to calm them down assuring them that the issue will be resolved as soon as possible. Organisers were already battling against time after the first performance started late after midnight, but the issue of sound worsened the situation. Despite the issue of sound, revelers seemed to enjoy performance from their artists.
First up on stage was Vee Mampeezy who got the crowd rocking.. It was such a scintillating performance from the Taku-Taku hit maker. The crowd went ballistic when he performed his hit songs Dumalana and Beke le Beke in which South African popular artist Makhadzi features him. Vee Mampeezy’s was performance was as if he wanted to shake off the recent controversy surrounding her marital life. Tshepo G also did not disappoint as she wowed revelers with her performance.
The Sefhare born artist was highly charged as usual, and warmed up the stage nicely for her fellow ‘senior colleagues’ in the industry. Slizer and Charma Gal also picked up from where the others had left off and increased the tempo much to the excitement of the crowd. The main act, Jah Prayzah got up on stage just before 4am and his performance lasted for more than two hours.
The Zimbabwean contemporary singer had the revellers eating from his palm, belting out hit after hit. As it now almost a norm, Franco & Afro Musica’s set started after 6am with the sun about to rise. Although very tired, revelers stayed on to watch all their favourite artists perform. Had it not been for sound issues, Zen Promotions would have made a perfect return to the event industry.