Shoko meets expectations

The much-anticipated Shoko Festival did not disappoint fans as artists from a wide spectrum of genres delivered a top class performance.

Comedy lovers were entertained on the Alliance Francaise’s Chingono stage. Hosted by local comedian, Nqobizita ‘Q the Boss’ Sibiza, Shoko Comedy Night saw performers such as South African national John Vlismas setting the stage alight with his hilarious jokes.

Bulawayo-based Clive Chigubu of the ayeye fame had his audience in stiches when he enacted a gay army parading in front of our ‘homophobic’ president.

The Zambezi News set, which featured Tongai ‘Outspoken’ Makawa, Samm ‘Cde Fatso’ Monro and Micheal Kudakwashe, was also a force to reckon with.

Meanwhile, the International Poetry Slam lit Book Café as 12 poets from different countries including Malawi, Botswana and Kenya fought it out for the prestigious title.

A journey that started with so many artists including the seasoned South African wordsmith, Nomsa Mazwai, Bulawayo’s Tswarelo Mothebo, Aura Kawanzaruwa (Zimbabwe), Tim Mwaura (Kenya) and Emma Mabye saw only three participants in the last round.

Local poet Arnold Chirimika, also known as Soul Profound, fought his way to the final two with a delivery of gospel and inspirational pieces.

The bloody battle was won by South Africa’s Thabiso Mohave, better known as Afurakan, who walked away with Tuku’s CD and a Shoko Festival T-shirt.

Dubbed ‘The Clash’, a series of collaborations rocked the Alliance Francaise’s King Pinn stage. Hope Masike started off with an explosive performance in collaboration with Monkey Nuts.

The best of the collaborations was that of Chiwoniso Maraire featuring Gern\man Dj Andi Teichmann, Hope Masike, Mannex, Natty and Dadza D.

Several workshops and discussion groups were held throughout the festival educating artists on different aspects of their work.

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