Zahara to perform at this year’s African freedom day commemoration

Bulelwa Mkutukana, better known as Zahara

THE South African songbird Poet Zahara will give a concert on May 24 at the New Government Complex in Lusaka.  Contemporary local artists Pompi and Scarlet will perform as opening acts for the songstress.


Described as an African princess who is a breath of fresh air in the continent, Zahara is a real shining star who exposes the richness and diversity of African music. She is currently the hype in the entertainment industry and considered the artist with the best selling record in the history of African music.


Zahara has performed at huge venues around the world including Wembley Stadium. She has also had the privilege of singing before Nelson Mandela and inspired a smile and applause from the old man. Last year, her first debut album ‘Loliwe’ went platinum and sold out within 72 hours of release. Nineteen days later it went double platinum with sales of a 100,000. The singing sensation won 8 awards at last year’s South African Music Awards.


The Africa Night concert has been organized by the Straight Up Company to commemorate Africa Freedom Day, which falls on 25th May 2013. This day is celebrated annually across the continent by member states of the African Union. The concert has been designed in a manner that will portray African unity, reflect the continent’s talent, and inspire people to embrace their African identity and believe in the African Dream.


Africa Night is also intended to celebrate women, who are the heart of the African continent. This is what has inspired the Straight Up Company to have two female singers perform; Zahara and Scarlet, and a male artiste, Pompi.


The Straight Up Company is organizing Africa Night with the support of their Stanbic Bank, MTN, South African Airways and Cutting Edge PR.


Managing Director of the Straight-Up Company, Alinani Mugala, said that the tickets for the Africa Night concert went on sale on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 and are selling at KR160 at all Sounds outlets.


Mugala said he believed that Africa has a future and we strive to build up the continent in all our endeavors. Zahara represents the future of African music her music speaks to so many people and resonates with diverse cultures.


“The purpose of Africa Night is to demonstrate that people can learn from Africa as the continent can make it big and do great things. Most African countries are around 50 years old; through Africa Night we will be celebrating the past 50 years and embracing the next 50. We have strategically partnered with pan-African brands to ensure this concert is a success.”Mugala said