ALL is set for tonight’s massive “Welcome Party” of 2 of Botswana’s BEST entertainers, sexy dancer and singer Slizer, and top-of-the-shelf performer Franco, at Private Lounge. The duo, who arrived in the country yesterday, will be hosted by self-proclaimed “sungura messiah” Peter “Young Igwe” Moyo and his Utakataka Express band.
Peter, who has been sampling his new songs during live performances, has promised a top drawer performance tonight.
The Young Igwe releases his second album on September 4 at the 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale.
But to test the strength of Peter’s work will be Franco, real name Frank Lesokwane, who is one of Botswana’s biggest crowd pullers. Often the two artistes’ music and choreography has been compared.
In an interview yesterday, Peter said he was ready to welcome his Botswana friends.
He, however, hinted that he was going to give a scintillating performance that would likely create problems for the visitors.
“When I go on stage, I mean business. Yes, it’s a welcome party but that does not mean we will tone down our act. It’s business as usual. We will be at our best and fans should expect fireworks,” said Peter.
The Young Igwe has also sought the services of Bev, who is fresh from a tour of England, where she left a “trail of destruction” with solo performances that are still a subject of much interest on social networks.
Tonight’s event is a highlight of what to expect when the aforementioned artistes plus sungura King Alick Macheso and gospel maestro Blessing Shumba share the stage at the Harare Gardens on Sunday.
Coordinator of the Private Lounge gig Clara Zvavanjanja said the event has been organised for revellers to get a chance to be up-close with their stars.
“Private Lounge provides an intimate environment for revellers to interact with their stars. So apart from welcoming the two artistes from Botswana, we are saying this is a chance for fans to mix and mingle with their icons with little or no hustles,” said Zvavanjanja.
Interestingly, Slizer and Franco have come prepared.
“We have performed in Zimbabwe before and we know what is expected of us. What you have witnessed before is nothing compared to what we are going to deliver in the shows that have been lined up for us,” said Gift Petro, a spokesperson for the visitors.