Ciara princess Harris jetted into Harare on Thursday for the ZARFEST concert that was to take place at the Borrowdale Racecourse on Saturday 28th May 2011.She was billed to share the stage with Lil Kim, Timbaland, Fat Joe and Dj Scratch. She was greeted by hoards of fans at the airport, but to their disappointment she quickly left via the departure exists and didn’t take time to wave or greet the fans that had waited her arrival. Her crew, which included assistant, dancers and hair and stylist crew soon followed behind her. They were driven off to Meikles hotel ( a 5 star hotel in the capital) where they stayed till the show.
|Ciara at a press Conference in Harare ahead of the Show|
|Lil Kim and her crew arrive at Harare International Airport|
Ciara seemed to be enjoying her stay in the country as she tweeted that she was enjoying her stay in South Africa and the people were really nice. Unknown to her Ciara was actually in Zimbabwe and not South Africa. We can’t really blame her though can we? Zimbabwe is right next door to South Africa, and is a very small country compared to South Africa. See tweets below.
Erica and Yolanda are playing photographer with me, making me do 50 million poses! Lol here's pic from my room in SA! http://t.co/Upq3UwS
South Africa!!! These people are so sweet! Can't wait until my 1st show! Yay!
Come the day of the show the crowds had to brave the cold weather( as low as 10 degree), to go and see Ciara in show. Most of the crowds only started trickling in after 11pm, as majority had gone to watch the UEFA championship final between Manchester United and Barcelona, (where the later won 3-1).
First to take the stage were some local artists and regional Dj’s. Lungile Radu a well known MC and Channel O presenter was the MC for the show, and he managed to keep the crowds highly exited as they anticipated the star-studded show. Fat Joe was first to hit the stage, flanked by his wing man ( whose name I didn’t get but is really hot), and DJ.
He blasted off with “We’re Taking Over” one of the crowds favorite tracks from him. He also performed “What’s Love”, “ Get It Poppin’”, “Baby I won’t tell”. Fat Joe was having fun with the crowd, he went on to share on how the Propaganda media has tarnished the name of Zimbabwe, and said how some people had asked him why he is visiting Africa and Zimbabwe and he said, “ it’s because it was home, and Zimbabwe I love you”. The crowd shouted “ we love you too”. And with that he led the audience into “Lean Back”. Fat Joe also paid homage to Notorious BIG “ Biggie Smalls” , Big Punisher and Tupac. He bade farewell to the crowd but not before he closed off with his verse from the DJ Khalid “ All I do is Win” remix.
Next up was DJ Scratch. Born George Spivey, the Brooklyn native wowed the crowd with his Deejaying skills and made them understand where he got his name, The brother can scratch the turntables. He played a lot of hip hop mainly Jay Z stuff and some popular anthems like The Black Eyed Peas “ Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night” and Lil Wayne “6 foot 7 foot”. The DJ played out to a dancing crowd for about 45 mins before the MC came back to introduce the Queen Bee.
As soon as the RnB princess got on the stage the crowd erupted with screams. Some fans were even crying at the vision of Ciara. She started off with crowd favorite “OH” from her debut album ‘Goodies’ then she followed that up with the title track "Goodies". The crowd was singing along and dancing to the popular tracks. The Princess ( no pun as Ciara’s middle name is Princess), then put on a cap and a long jacket and she added that it was time to switch the roles. The crowd went wild( especially the females) as she started singing “Like a Boy” which had become a trademark back in 2007 when she released her sophomore album “The Evolution”. As she gyrated the stage with her 2 female dancers and 2 male dancers the crowd was left in awe. She then went on to perform the controversial “Ride”, then “Like you” and “Taking Back My Love”, before she paid homage to Michael Jackson.
She then slowed it down with “ Love Sex Magic” before taking the pace to another high with “Gimme-dat” and “Work”. She finally finished off with “1-2 Step” .Before leaving the stage Cici said thank you to the wonderful people Zimbabwe and the nice and wonderful hospitality they had shown her. The singer got a bit teary when she said she was grateful for the love and support they had shown and how she was overwhelmed by the love she had received .And with that she left the stage.
More pictures below.
|Ciara's crew arrivving at the Aiport in Harare|
|Lil Kim greeting some fans at the Airport upon her arrival in Harare|
|Lil Kim and the show promoters at a hotel in Harare|