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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sizzla to headline Mugabe's birthday celebration

JAMAICAN reggae superstar Sizzla has been enlisted by President Robert Mugabe’s supporters to kick-off a weekend of celebrations in Bulawayo to mark the veteran leader’s 86th birthday.

Sizzla will headline a night of celebration at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds on Friday, joined by a host of regional and local stars including South Africa’s Soul Brothers and acclaimed poet, Mzwakhe Mbuli.

Mugabe turned 86 on February 21, and celebrated with a dinner in his honour organised by the Chinese Embassy.

On Saturday, Mugabe will arrive in Bulawayo to join thousands of his supporters for a lavish party organised by the 21st February Movement, an outfit established in 1986 as “a welfare organisation for youths, and as a medium to inspire youths to be well behaved through emulating the exemplary character of their patron, President Mugabe”.

The organisation of Friday’s concert alone is expected to cost well in excess of US$150,000 – expenditure which many poor Zimbabweans find obscene in the midst of poverty.

The celebrations are being put together by a retired army major, Anywhere Mutambudzi, who told state media Sizzla was expected in Harare on Thursday lunchtime, with Mbuli and the Soul Brothers flying in on Friday.

Also expected to perform are Congolese rhumba groups Real Sounds of Africa and Beaux Gosses, as well as a host of local artists including Jeys Marabini, dance queen Sandra Ndebele, Josephat Somanje, Dino Mudondo, Willom Tight, Chase Skuza, Roki and Iyasa.

Major Mutambudzi said: “We are urging Zimbabweans to come in large numbers to celebrate the life of our leader ...”


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