Mafikizolo’ performed to an empty Harare International Conference Centre last Friday.

 with Minister Mavima

The show had been postponed when xenophobia erupted in South Africa. On Friday Zimbabweans stayed away from Mafikizolo.

 The Standard reports that the cheapest ticket at the door was pegged at US$20 (almost ZWL$400).

Show organisers Ross Real and Proma Events had to let in people into the VVIP arena to cover up the gap where only three ticket holders and some hired hostesses were sitting.

The small crowd that jumped at this offer looked like they were caged in a kraal, while the rest of the HICC looked empty.

The show kicked off at 11:38pm with Selmor Mtukudzi taking to the stage. She did not disappoint as she sang her late father’s songs and her own tracks, including Hangasa and Nguva Yangu.

Zimdancehall musician Tocky Vibes had to spend the better part of his time on stage performing in the dark due to a technical fault. His strong voice could be heard and those with strong eyesight managed to see his silhouette. Light on stage was only restored when the Chamakuvangu singer was on his last three songs.

Andy Muridzo, Gemma Griffiths and Diamond Musica, who were among the supporting acts did not have their chance on stage as the event had started well after schedule.