Ndola revellers treated to rare beer festive

ALL roads led to Ndola Boating Club last Saturday where the Beer Festival took place.

The event started at 11:00 hours as a family outing with activities including face painting, volleyball, braii, jumping castle and swimming for the kids.

By 19:00 hours the place was fully packed with cars that beat its parking space and car owners resorted to parking at every available space.

The festival reached its peak around 22:00 hours as one could tell by the number of show goers and the loud music that was playing from the large speakers that were mounted on the stage.

Dj Toni and Guido were on the deck keeping the audience on their feet and having them sing along to the tracks that were being slammed by the two Djs.

The festival reached its climax when the South African artistes Fredi Nest and Henk Grimsell came to perform live on stage much to the delight of the audience.

Fredi Nest has been writing songs for other South African singers for years now. He performs on festivals and shows and over the years he has performed with great South African names including Annelie van Rooyen among others. He struck gold with fresh sounds including Getoor, Sejy, Runaway train and Doedie among others while interacting with the audience.

The guitar man, performs mostly in Afrikaans but has English titles including Why me lord, Hey Dj and She’s loving the man. With 12 albums to his credit, Fredi celebrates happiness, life, peace and love among others spiced with romance in his numerous tracks.

His counterpart, Grimsell also spoke both in Afrikaans and English while singing his best tracks including Crazy little thing called love, footlose, C’est La Vie, My lady Soul among others.

Grimsell stormed the stage by churning music of different genres by various well known artistes in the music world including Bob Marley’s No woman no cry, Buffalo Soldier, Richie Valen’s Labamba, and a whole lot of ‘old school’ that made hits during the time of their release.

Described as an ecstatic entertainer by one of the excited fans, he charmed the audience with his piano playing and singing talent which drew most of them into becoming self appointed backing vocalists.

With his fingers on the Piano Grimsell performs live on boat cruises, festivals and corporate functions.

People of all races including Indians, Chinese, whites, blacks, coloureds among others danced, sang and drunk to the fullest, signifying that music lovers know no territories when it comes to having fun at events such as this.