bob nyabinde.jpgMusicians from all walks of life have hailed this year’s 21st February Gala, which attracted thousands of music fans, who thronged the National Sports Stadium as a befitting tribute to commemorate the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe’s 87th birthday.



Both local and foreign musicians described the colourful musical gala as a great way of celebrating the life of President Mugabe through song and dance.


“This was a perfect way of celebrating with our President. The event also accorded us, musicians a chance to showcase our music and talent to a larger audience live on stage,” gospel artist, Sabastian Magacha said.


Other artists, Mechanic Manyeruke and Bob Nyabinde described the day as a memorable day for the people of Zimbabwe.


One visiting artist, who also thrilled thousands of fans, Slizer from Botswana said the event was just awesome.


“It is a great honour performing to such a big crowd and I would like to come again to Zimbabwe and work on a collaboration song with local artists.”

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The gala, which kicked off on Friday evening and ended on Saturday afternoon, gave upcoming as well seasoned musicians a chance to shine on centre stage.


Among those who thrilled fans are Jeyz Marabini, Alick Macheso, South African group Platform One, Mercy Mutsvene, Bob Nyabinde, Botswana dancing queen Slizer, Baba Mechanic Manyeruke, the Born Free Crew, Cde Chinx, among 40 singers.

This year’s gala comes at the backdrop of the National Anti-Sanctions Petition Campaign launched in Harare last week, which was attended by over 1,4 million people.
The gala, which was held under the theme “ A Stand Against Sanctions’’ attracted local and foreign musicians who performed  all genres of music from gospel, reggae, sungura traditional music, afro jazz, among others.