Scepticism about the new star coming to an empty venue given her being new and in Harare where Oliver Mtukudzi and Macheso were also holding shows, was immediately allayed by a full house that had people humbling her with sing-alongs to her popular tracks.
The Loliwe star was at her best and her dashing looks correspondent well with her voice as she sang way into the night.
Tendai Tavaka said of the show: “It has been a long time since I have felt so happy in my heart despite not even understanding what she was singing. This girl has a talent that unifies and makes you understand what it means to have the saying that music is universal.”
Umthwalo was a track that had people jumping up and down and like Adele, Zahara did not need to be skimpily dressed to wow the patrons.
Elizabeth Nyaradzo summed it up: “She reminds me of the other musician who could get away with only her voice. I am reminded very much of Brenda Fassie and you feel Zahara will be just as big or even better.”
The height of the night however was when she belted her song Loliwe much to the appreciation of the wonderful crowd that thronged the HICC.
Zahara is expected to perform in Bulawayo where the crowd is expected to be even more impressive given the language appreciation. She sings in Zulu and Xhosa.
It also helps that she has collaborated on a song with George Munetsi the Zimbabwe DJ based in South Africa at Kaya FM.
The song Incwad’encane is popular in South Africa and Zimbabwe because it carries Shona lyrics.
On the night Zimbabwean musicians Chiwoniso, Prudence Katomeni, Victor Kunonga, Baba Shupi, Hope Masike recently from Norway, and Willis WaTaffi formerly of Afrika Revenge held their own.