Wednesday night, 24th May 2017 - The gig ended with a group of Greek pharmacists clapping hands and approaching for high fives, hugs and pictures on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Such beautiful people and what a vibe! It’s a good thing that their longevity only lasted as long as our last couple of songs otherwise we were on the verge of plunging reluctantly into some covers! The time is 23:00 on the eve of our long drive to Harare and we still had to break-down, pack up and grab something to eat.
Our go-to-guy and designated driver Guy had us sleepy eyed and buckled up just before dawn and the open road was soon coming at us rapidly at about a hundred and twenty kilometers an hour but not without the expected cop and pothole encounters. It was a fun and easy ride to the capital (for those of us who were sleeping) and arriving early afternoon, we headed straight for Amanzi Restaurant for sound check as we had a gig there in a few hours’ time. It might just be us but sound check always takes longer than expected and very rarely do you actually get the sound right such that you’re genuinely satisfied and without compromise. However, a great sound engineer usually delivers and it all works out during the gig. Reminds us of Valentino Rossi and his remarkable race day pace and breakthroughs (Forza VR/46!!). That gig was alright. Not our greatest but okay nonetheless. A few things suffice as okay excuses and for sure we have a score to settle with that venue. Amanzi, we will be back to set the record straight.
The queen of M&M Dance Factory is our mother and hostess when we are in Harare. Her open invitation goes a long way with us and her home has become our home too. Never a dull moment in her space and company and we are grateful to have our darling friend Mitzi on our side. Thank you so much to Mitzi, Mel & Campbell!
Anyhow, here is how it happened on the morning of our Alliance Française gig: we slept!! The 15:00 sound check was perfect as any time before then would have been just ridiculous. The venue seemed rather small at first glance but man-oh-man was the sound exciting and we found ourselves very eager for the gig to begin and indeed it did! Not without a delay as we were holding back for a few more people to arrive after the published 8pm start. Being an unknown band you must understand, a FREE gig is not enough and if we had some bond (Current Zimbabwean currency) we would seriously consider funding a crowd! BUT, we have the universe conspiring constantly because people did show up beautifully so. There was one girl who arrived first and she sat and waited. Thank you, whoever you are. To be honest, we don’t believe she was of this earth. The theory is that she was sent by a higher power to give us a boost and it worked like magic as the gig was electrifying. The energy was palpable and we really enjoyed the venue. Thank you to Franck the director of Alliance Francais de Harare and to everyone who came. We hope to see you again soon.
Hallo Miombo Magic! Happy people, kids and their mothers, fathers and their mothers… (Amkela says he even saw a few dogs, a donkey and a pig there!) it was a family affair for sure. From laughing at Black Mamba Man’s acute sense of humor to getting down to some “teachings” from Djembe Monks we must say, if you weren’t there, you were nowhere!
We were on stage at 1930 and the mood was that of expectation…it was pregnant with something and it definitely wasn’t fear, boredom nor the lack of jubilant life. If anything, the absolute opposite. The plan was to start slow, even if it was only one verse of Hezvo as the song gains momentum rather quickly into a frenzied ending. We played for fifty minutes to a group of people who were there specifically there for a serving of such proportions. Yes it happens but not every day. Especially when Vusa Moyo is your stage sound man and the legendary Kith Farquharson is front of house. We are grateful for the love we received and the things we learnt. The people we met and the friends with whom our connection was strengthened: Danny, Ali, Guy, Bud, Kalai, Benji, Kelly, Nigel, Claire, Nev, Emmanuel, Keira, Vusa, Helen, Zuga, Iroot, Mackays, Xiara, Ash, Marty, Keith, Tehn, Hope, Nikkita (Russian boy’s name given to a Zimbabwean girl!), Amara (ever so briefly) Charlotte, Derek, Gemma and the lovely “Chrystal” Christabelle from the hyena republic of Hwange!
Your dreams are forever close and the reality that hinders their attainment is one of your construct. Calculate and orchestrate the initial thrust and deal with the rest while in orbit. See you at the end of your goal, or otherwise in the pursuit of it.
Gus and your Miombo Magic team - EPIC! Congrats on another thoughtfully put together, and very well organised family music festival in the bush. The venue, stage & sound were top notch and we had a great time with you guys. We hope to be back in 2019!
Last but not least, a HUGE shout out to our sponsors ProFeeds - thank you so much for sponsoring our first ever launch tour - your faith in us is heartwarming and as always something like this would not have been possible withour your support. Thanks guys.
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