Unplugged squares off with Madirirano

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ORDINARILY, Samora Machel Avenue is just one busy road slicing through Harare’s CBD.

On the urban cultural scene, however, this is a well-known boundary, which splits the north and south of this road into certain class structures. The north is associated with an upmarket lifestyle while the south is affiliated with ghetto vibes.

Lately, though, people from both sides have been crossing over to experience what life on the other side is like. It is clear that Unplugged and Madirirano share an almost similar audience, albeit both having their own extremes.

This coming Saturday, these two fetes will go head-to-head in what has been dubbed “The Battle of Samora” by leisure enthusiasts. Madirirano is being held at Takashinga Cricket Club while Unplugged sets up shop at Wingate Golf Club.

Each event might have its loyal followers but those that subscribe to both have a dilemma now that they are being held on the same date, at the same times.

Unplugged, which abandoned its monthly format, adopting a festival setup, has brought in a heavyweight act in the form of Kenyan Afro-pop giants, Sauti Sol, to headline their event. This is set to be a major event, which marks the birth of a new product on the entertainment scene with organisers highlighting that the Unplugged Festival is totally different from their previous concept.

“We are calling it Unplugged 2.0 and people should expect a larger scale event that’s experience focused. The look and feel will be totally different and there will be a variety of cuisine including Japanese, Chinese and specialised deserts.

“On the beverages side we have four different bars including Horsebox, Danai Wines and Elixir. Overall it will feel like another world when people walk through the gates,” said co-founder Chiedza Danha.

She said preparations for the event were going according to plan.

“We are certain we will deliver a fantastic show, especially with all the changes we have implemented and our super amazing line-up,” said Danha.

On how they settled for Sauti Sol, Danha said, “We opted for Sauti Sol to be the headline act because we are huge fans and we have followed their career for over nine years. We are stoked about the well-deserved recognition they are now getting around the continent.

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