Liberty Dube Entertainment Correspondent
THE Diamond FM First Anniversary will be inscribed in the showbiz memory book as one of the most successful family fiesta ever to be hosted in Mutare as evidenced by hundreds of people – including children – who thronged Manicaland Motoring Club last Saturday for the fun-filled festivities.
Children had time of the lives with entertainment such as jumping castle, horse riding and face painting, while spouses and music lovers were captivated with some exciting performances by artistes such as Dboi and Sparxx, Trapper, Caff, Two Keys, Preen King, Garry B, Templeman, Reflections, Redwing Mine Traditional dance group (Beni Arinoti), Trevor Dongo and MacDee.
Love-ballad specialist, Trevor Dongo, who was the main act did not disappoint, either did the local acts who put up top-drawer performances all day through.
It was also an ideal opportunity for the business community who advertised their products and services.
Considering the hype that preceded the carnival, it went out according to expectations, according to Diamond FM station manager, Leander Kandiero.
Following the successful event, the radio station is muting an idea where such a fiesta will be held on a monthly basis, intending to bring the business community, listeners, artistes and families on one platform.
“The response from locals was overwhelming. We were pleased with the record crowd. It was refreshing that people took their families to the event.
We can come up with big and better events where we can hold such events out of this city and celebrate a Mutare radio station, while meeting new audience.
We are muting the idea where we will combine seasoned and upcoming artistes and allow them to get exposure as well as meet local fans on a platform open to all.
They need exposure.
The events will not be like an anniversary, but we need more family outings like last Saturday’s. Such outing will also be an opportunity for the business community to market their products and services.
“Despite Zim-dancehall being the current most celebrated genre in the country, we also intend to incorporate artistes in genres such as sungura, hip-hop and traditional dance and create a platform where they can meet the audience and popularise the genre for regional and international markets,” said Kandiero.
Although he could not divulge more details, Kandiero said there was something in store for listeners and people in Mutare and beyond on Africa Day (May 25).
As the radio station continues to grow in leaps and bounds, Kandiero believes in five years time, the presenters will be seasoned and more mature.