The wait for Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy to perform in Zimbabwe is over but the thrill of seeing him on stage will only last for 90 minutes.
Burna Boy was expected in the country two years ago, but his show was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic that was rampant at that time and was affecting the arts sector.
Show organizers have confirmed the singer will arrive via private jet with his band members and manager and then entertain fans for an hour and a half at the Belgravia Sports Club on Friday.
The Grammy winner, who is brought to the country by show host Hidden Culture, is set to share the stage with local musician Jah Prayzah, along with South Africa-based Zimbabwean model and TV presenter Kimberly Robinson ( Kim Jayde) being the hostess.
Johannesburg disc jockey Arnold Mdluli, better known as Kyotic, was announced as another supporting act.
In an interview, event director Jason Le Roux said everything was going according to plan.
“He’s coming and performing with his full band, as seen on his recent international tours of Europe, the UK and the US,” he said.
“Burna Boy will be supported by local musician Jah Prayzah and South African disc jockey Kyotic will be on the decks. The bubbly Kim Jayde will be the hostess. Well, his performance will last 90 minutes.
Dubbed the “Space Drift” as the show’s theme, some music fans wonder if Burna Boy will continue to have the “space theme” on stage.
If the stage doesn’t reflect the space theme, won’t that degrade Zimbabwe by international standards, given that all of Burna Boy’s tours had a well-designed creative stage?
And will Burna Boy himself be comfortable performing on a single stage?
Le Roux assured fans that they were working on a stage suitable for the “African giant”.
“The production of the show has been specially designed for this show in Zimbabwe, it is impressive, and it will stand up to any level of international production,” he said.
The show, which had been marketed to be held at Borrowdale Racecourse, has now moved to Belgravia Sports Club.
Le Roux said the reason for the change was primarily security related.
He said ticket sales have been good so far with all VIP tickets sold out.
Le Roux said the only challenge they faced while planning the event was the disbelief of some locals.
“Zimbabweans questioned the legitimacy of our announcement of Burna Boy coming,” he said.