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Big Time for Music Lovers as Pickpockets Strike Gold at Zim Carnival

Some of the participants were from Brazil. (AP Photo)

The curtain finally came down on the month-long Zimbabwe International Carnival and what a day it was for music lovers and pick pockets.

Thousands of Zimbabweans took their time to forget their social and economic problems to converge at the Glamis Arena to enjoy themselves as the curtain finally came down on the carnival.

Despite the steep $10 gate entry fee, over 10,000 people - both young and the old - were at the Arena to sing and dance along with Jamaican music star Busy Signal and a host of Zimbabwe dance-hall icons.

Enjoy they really did. Beer and mineral drinks were being sold at $2 each but Zimbabweans jostled to grab either a can or a six pack.


Killer T was there. So too was Seh Calas. Freeman, Soul Jah Love and Dadza D were also all there to entertain the fans, and of the magnificent line up it was only Dadza D who during his performance experienced countless power cuts.

The Zim dancehall musician, however, did not blame ZESA for the power problem but claimed it was sabotage by his rivals.

Busy Signal, though, was the major highlight and received a huge applause when he took to the stage and belted the crowd’s favourite, Dreams of Brighter Days.

He also took the time for One More Night.

However, there was another section of the crowd that felt the Jamaican musician did not perform to their expectation and asked him to leave the stage before his time was over.


This was in favour of man of the moment, Jah Prayzah, who did not disappoint and went straight into the hit song Jerusarema with the crowd singing along.

The excitement of the huge crowd also opened up to pick pockets that had a field evening.

Many lost their mobile phones and cash but after an enjoyable evening they do not care about the belongings they lost.


However, such occasions do not go without incidents. Property was also damaged after fans threw missiles onto the stage after one of the musicians, Winky D, failed to take to the stage as promised.

The last day of the carnival provided enough evidence that Zimbabweans love their entertainment.

But unfortunately, they cannot regularly attend such shows as there is now less and less disposable income for them to do so.

Report on Zimbabwe Carnival Filed By Michael Kariati
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