Top Zimbabwean musician and performer Leonard Karikoga Zhakata has raised the Zimbabwean flag high when he displayed a polished act at a sold-out Phalaphala FM Royal Heritage Festival in Thohoyandou, South Africa.
Zhakata headlined the concert as one of the few international artists billed to perform at the well-attended festival. And he didn’t disappoint as he churned out hit after hit accompanied by a well choreographed act from his dancers and Sesifikile dance group.
This is the second time Zhakata has performed at the festival.
“It was a great experience, Performing before tens of thousands of a mixed audience. A very well organised event of great repute,” Zhakata told Allnet Africa.
“The Royal Heritage Festival has become my most memorable event in recent years, there are songs which I never imagine being popular beyond Zimbabwe borders but Thohoyandou proved me wrong”.
“I hope I will be considered in other big events,” Zhakata added.
Zimbabwe All Stars’ Band Manager, Benson Zhakata, has been equally surprised at how fans reacted to songs like Mugove, Mwenza and Hombarume.
“This was a life-time experience and I was happy to see the South African crowd singing along songs like Mugove Mwenza and Hombarume meaning that Zora Music has spilled beyond borders,” Ben told Allnet Africa.
The South African media houses scrambled to have interviews with the award-winning musician soon after his glittering performance.
Leonard – a decorated musician – rose to fame in 1994 with the hit song ‘Mugove’ off the album ‘Maruva Enyika’. He broke new ground in the Zimbabwe music industry by becoming the youngest and the first Zimbabwean solo musician to sell over 100 000 copies.
The annual festival which took place in Thohoyandou attracted over 25 000 fans.Thohoyandou, Venda in Limpopo is the heart-beat of the nation when it comes to minerals and music.
“We are excited to host another mega festival. The Royal Gospel and Heritage Festival sees our beautiful province pull together and showcase that we are capable,” event organiser Shandukani Nesengani said.
Artists who set the stage alight include AKA, Colbert Mukwevho, Leonard Zhakata from Zimbabwe,Shekinah, Jonas Gwangwa, Zonke, Thomas Chauke, Afrotainment, DJ Tira, TipCee, Dladla Mshunqisi, SunEl, Busiswa, Mlindo The Vocalist, King Monada, Team Mosha, Benny Mayengani, Zozo, Makhadzi, Sir McKleker, Zamo Dlamini, Russian Army, Una Rams, Dupa, Kanakana Cook, Mazwale and Sungel.
Celebrating it’s 7th year of existence, the Phalaphala FM Royal Gospel And Heritage Festival has found it’s feet and cemented itself as one of the biggest shows in Mzansi.