Birthday bashes gain popularity

It seems birthday bashes have become the latest gimmick for artists and promoters to market their shows. In recent weeks, posters advertising shows by both leading and minor musicians have been all over town, carrying catchy phrases like "Sulu's Birthday Bash", "Baba aShero at 46" and "Double Birthday Bash - Bev and the Manager", among others.

Suluman Chimbetu
Suluman Chimbetu

Not to be left out are socialites who are using shows as a platform to celebrate their birthdays in style. One of these is a lady identified as Mahwindo who frequents most shows by leading artists like Oliver Mtukudzi, Alick Macheso, Suluman Chimbetu and Peter Moyo – who at one time celebrated her birthday at a leading joint in the capital.

Another suggestion for these birthday gigs could be the desire by the artists and the socialites to receive presents of more value as compared to what they would receive when they hold private bashes at home.

They invite the movers and shakers, the who-is-who in entertainment, business and political circles as well as the as representatives of leading corporates who don't hesitate to "ink cheques" and offer presents that can run into several thousands of dollars.

On May 27, Suluman Chimbetu turned 32 and used this opportunity to organise a very successful show at the Book Cafe that was attended by the who-is-who in entertainment circles including Alick Macheso, Suluman Chimbetu, Oliver Mtukudzi and a host of other upcoming musicians.

Not to be left out were businesspeople and politicians as well as other prominent personalities like Phillip Chiyangwa and Karikoga Kaseke, which added to the glitter of the event. A lot of presents were offered to the birthday boy.

On Sunday, raunchy dancer Beverly Sibanda and her manager Harpers Mapimhidze also hosted a belated joint birthday bash at the Private Lounge in Harare.

Although Bev as a dancer is enough draw card herself, she utilised this opportunity to include in the line-up of entertainers a mixed bag of artists like Dino Mudondo, Suluman and Tryson Chimbetu, Shinsoman, fellow dancers Zoey and the Sexy Angels, Pala Fala and Crazy Boys. DJs Archie, Nash and Cables added to the appeal of the festivities.

To make the show more appetising, Harpers, who was celebrating his 40th birthday after having been born in March – while Bev turned 23 – decided to include what he termed a special package for people who turned up for the show.

While these artists were doing their thing in the CBD, elsewhere in Mbare, little-known PTK was hosting what was called "PTK'S Birthday Bash" at Stodart Hall on May 30. To boost the celebrations, he enlisted the services of most of the popular dancehall artists of the moment including SoulJah Love, Killer T, Kinnah and Shinsoman.

Socialite Ronnie Bere, who is a fringe artist having at one time dabbled in music before hitting the headlines after announcing that he was now a prophet, also had his own "Ronnie's Birthday Bash" at City Sports Bar on May 30, featuring urban groovers.

This week, sungura music icon Alick Macheso celebrates his 46th birthday with a show at Andy Miller Hall in Harare together with fellow musicians, Oliver Mtukudzi, Suluman Chimbetu, Peter Moyo, Diana Samkange and SoulJah Love, among others.

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