The Harare International Carnival is a week-long annual festival that encompasses a series of events and festivities. It is aimed at advancing the arts, culture and heritage of Zimbabwe as well as uniting the populace.
Rhumba star Koffi Olomide was among the high profile stars to perform. He last performed in Zimbabwe last year at the wedding of President Robert Mugabe’s daughter Bona.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) partnered with the Democratic Republic of Congo for this year’s edition and about 20 countries — among them Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Egypt, Nigeria, the United States of America, United Kingdom and Brazil — registered.
On Wednesday top Brazilian Samba group Momo King proved that they are the best in what they do as they left fans calling for more after a stunning performance at the Samba Night at the Private Lounge.
The group’s Samba queens, dressed in their skimpy sexy attires, showed that they were not only beauties but can also dance in style. The Samba dancers’ Brazilian styles and some local borrowdale dance style left fans mesmerised.
A lot of fans were seen jostling to get a chance to have pictures taken with the Samba queens when they went off the stage. In separate interviews at the show fans expressed their excitement from the performance of the Samba girls.
“I could not believe that these girls can dance like this, their performance was outstanding and I will not miss their show if they come back again,” said a fan only identified as Farai
The event was also spiced up by some of local artists who included Bev and Zoey who gave their best in showing that they can also excite the crowd just like the Brazilians.
But after putting up a scintillating display, Bev slapped an unidentified male fan accusing him of fondling her backside soon after her performance.
The coming in of dancehall musician Killer T to the stage lit up the event as the crowd sang along to tracks from his famous album “Ngoma Ndaimba”. The event attracted a huge crowd and took the carnival spirit to a higher level.
Karikoga Kaseke, the chief executive officer of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, thanked the Brazilians and some other groups from Democratic Republic of Congo for coming to share this year’s carnival with Zimbabwe.
Tourism Deputy Minister Anastancia Ndlovu said that their desire as a ministry is to see the growth and development of domestic tourism in Zimbabwe and that it can only be achieved through carnival.
She also encouraged the tourism industry to revise their pricing structures and create affordable packages for local Zimbabweans modelled around the carnival to enable visitors from outside the city to also attend the event.