The organizers of the annual Mapopoma Music Festival in Victoria Falls will hold this event from December 30th to 31st.
According to Covid-19 regulations, the third edition, which will be titled by locals Enzo Ishall, Nutty O and Takura, will be held indoors at The Kingdom in Victoria Falls to limit the number of people. This year’s Victoria Falls Carnival was cancelled due to the pandemic, and only the Mapopoma Festival is left for entertainment lovers who wish to end their year in the resort city.
Event organiser, Patrick Musonza popularly known as DJ Spevah, said the two-day event which has been cleared by ZRP and the Ministry of Health and Child Care will be held at The Great Enclosure (at The Kingdom Hotel).
He said despite the indoor set-up, the event will maintain its traditional approach. Africa is the future and Ubuntu Concerts will be staged over the two days with patrons being encouraged to bring flags from their countries.
“The festival will be held in a theatre style indoors to allow for fumigation, easy screening and sanitation as well as to control people as part of Covid-19 regulations. We’re still working on numbers to make sure we stick to Covid-19 regulations,” said DJ Spevah.
“There’ll be a separate backstage media area, VIP arena and three separate bars to allow social distancing.”
More entertainment at the event will be provided by DJ Spevah, Fatso, Cleazer, Skuzi, Links, Maraza, Conz, Dollar, Mafero Mafero, Afrikas Movement and Wallace. Gweru -based reigning Mr Zimbabwe Devson Takudzva Luzaine is expected to grace the event as a special guest.
Musonza said all artistes will be tested within 72 hours of the show and advance tickets started selling yesterday.
Demand is high and we expect them to run out by Wednesday or end of the week.”
The pandemic, DJ Spevah said, had greatly affected business in Victoria Falls as many people, especially international tourists, are still sceptical about travelling while some are still being restricted. “It’s unfortunate that Covid-19 has affected the country and city in general. Everybody knows that the end of year events are usually fully booked.
“For this year, the local authority and general businesses are going to lose a lot of revenue,” he said.
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