Peter Matika, Senior Life Reporter
Sabela Music Projects will on 11 November launch a new live entertainment event dubbed “Live In Byo” at Bulawayo’s Rainbow Hotel.
The spectacular event which promises to be unforgettable will feature breathtaking live performances and launch of 11 brand new music albums by 11 of Bulawayo’s best musical artistes.
The concert is a brainchild of one of Bulawayo’s celebrated artistes Saimon Mambazo Phiri who is also behind the success of Bulawayo Arts Awards.
The performance line-up includes Hwabaraty, Sandra Ndebele, ASAPH, Msiz Kay, Kontrol Tribe, Umdumo Wesizwe, Mzoe 7, T1nda, Ashleigh, Love, DeLukes, and Khuliyo, who will all be launching new albums that night in one of the biggest combined album launches to date.
Film and theatre director with Rebel Film Productions, and also the Live In Byo press liaison Mhle Nzima said on that same night, 11 videos will be launched.
“On top of these 11 albums, each of these artistes will also be launching music videos which will be viewed on the screens set up around the venue on this historic night. Their various live performances will be stylistically backed by one band which is The Outfit band to create a unique live entertainment experience,” he said.
The show will be hosted by comedian Nceku and Miss T. The event will take centre stage at 6:30pm with a red carpet reception where all the fashionistas, celebrities, socialites and corporate bosses will show off their style.
Guests will get the chance to visit the chill zone where they can hang out with the performers before the main show begins. Nzima said the main event will kick off at 7:00PM.
“The main show will then kick off at 7.00pm in a dinner table setting in the President’s Conference Room with a multi-course meal being served to VVIP guests. As the show’s sub-title 11.11 suggests, 11 new albums and 11 new music videos will be launched by 11 artistes/acts with a special compilation album including some of the hottest tracks from all the featured artistes of the night,” he said.
Nzima said some of the most anticipated albums will be unveiled on the night.
“People can look forward to Hwabaraty’s Isilwane, ASAPH’s Twenty FIVE, and Sandra Ndebele’s new collaboration with Tocky Vibes on this iconic night,” he said.
The all-inclusive tickets are going for $20 per head for VVIP and $10 VIP with tables available as well. Tickets are already on sale at Rainbow Hotel and Entertainment HQ.
The event will be live-streamed from beginning to end. Nzima said the initiative was the foundation for greater things to happen in the arts.
“This launch is only the beginning, paving way for the full “Live In Byo” programme set to run in March 2018. Under the banner of Sabela Music Projects, “Live In Byo” is set to be a month-long event characterised by a variety of exclusive live entertainment events on every single day of March 2018. These will include musical concerts, theatre, dance, poetry, exhibitions, film, and parties among others,” he said.
Nzima thanked the organisers of the event that are pushing for the event to be a success.
“The arts industry and the corporate world are two sides of the same coin and should by right support one another to maximise productivity. We are thankful to the main creative partners of the “Live In Byo” launch and initiative which include Rainbow Hotel, Thandoz Events, Early Entertainment, Rebel Film Productions, Fusion Media Group, Boom City Advertising, Skyz Metro FM to name a few” he said.