Category Archives: Night Scene

Showcasing all thats happening in the City of Kings and Queens in the night scene, from restaurants, to bars, clubs and cool chill out spots

Ferris Wheels and Carousels

There is no denying that any native of Bulawayo knows without a doubt that the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair is the highlight of our city! The city comes alive, hotels are fully booked, most business is booming and my all time favorite…”Luna Park” comes to town

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For many years as children we looked forward to going to “Luna Park” especially at night with all the lights were on! Luna Park not only had amazing rides, you also got to enjoy cotton candy and toffee apples. With age the very old Luna Park seemed to lose its lustre and I lost all interest in even going to the Luna Park. Having experienced outrageous theme parks abroad our old raggedy Luna Park had lost its appeal. Today while driving past the trade fair grounds my attention was caught by the already lit up Luna Park. I stop and am glad to say it was the wisest decision I made.

The rides might not be fast and fancy causing an adrenaline rush but something about the old rides gave them a certain appeal. Although quite vintage, the entire atmosphere felt very romantic and more than anything I would have loved to spend the evening there with my special someone.  There is also the great nostalgic feeling which sparks memories of happy childhoods making the Luna Park a more than perfect place to go for a fun and carefree date this week in Bulawayo.

I must warn you though, it may not be as calm and quiet as it was today but give it a go, live a little and take a well deserved walk down memory lane.

And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

Friedrich Nietzsche

of the groove…

One of Bulawayo’s best kept secrets is the recently refurbished bar/lounge- The Groove. Previously known as the “Basement”, The Groove is located in the Basement of the Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel. The lounge is in a key location in the city, minutes away from Bulawayo’s diverse night scene. Just across the street is the famous Safari Bar, next to it is Dickies Traditional Kitchen and a walking distance away is “The Lounge”. However the new look “The Groove” brings a refreshing atmosphere to the area that already has three thriving establishments within a 100metre radius. Its a definite must see.

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The upscale establishment attracts a younger and vibrant crowd and its convenient location makes accessing the spot very easy. Although its centrally located it is still very exclusive and is a great place to go hang and have drinks with friends.

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The lounge setting creates an intimate atmosphere great for couples and friends who want to share conversation while listening to the live jazz performance offered at the establishment.

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The Groove has a recurring Afro-Jazz theme as seen by the images displayed on the walls! The backdrop of the performance stage is a stunning image of South African Jazz Sensation Hugh Masekela. Images of other artists such as Zimbabwean Legend Oliver Mutukudzi as well as the Great Fela Kuti can be seen in the beautifully decorated lounge!

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Thursday nights offer the best experience at the lounge! With acoustic style performances as well as a mature crowd. The establishment offers platters and specialty cocktails. For a change of scenery from Bulawayo’s usual night scene, check out The Groove!

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I would give this place a definite 8 out of 10! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Everybody Say Yeah Yeah…

Last October, I witnessed one of the most profound musical productions on Broadway, “FELA“. The Eugene O’Neil Theater is home of this provocative hybrid concert of dance and musical genius. Based on the true life story of Fela Anikulapo- Kuti, this musical chronicles the progressive struggle against a corrupt and oppressive military government in Nigeria during the 1970s and 80s and Fela’s life devotion to freedom and human dignity through music.

Thandi outside the Eugene O'Neil Theater

The Tony nominated and award-winning musical, directed and choreographed by Bill. T Jones, has proven to be a big hit on Broadway.  The musical is primarily set inside a nightclub (Shrine) where the singer was known to perform regularly.  Through out the production there is a recurring theme of spiritually symbolized mainly by the connection between Fela and his mother Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, who even after her death remained a huge influence in the life of FELA.

The role of FELA is alternated between Sierra-Leonean actor Sahr Ngaujah and Zimbabwean actor Kevin Mambo. Other Zimbabweans on cast are Rujeko Dumbutshena and Farai Malianga both in the ensemble.  Between the electrifying beats of Highlife and the enchanting  rhythms of the sax, one cant help but get up and dance to the sounds of FELA. I personally felt like I was at a live concert and Fela was performing onstage.

This tremendously successful tale has had a recent addition to its cast.  Grammy award winner Patti LaBelle is planning to join the cast in September as Fela’s mother Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti. According to the New York Times, Ms. LaBelle said in a press release,

“After seeing the show, I was struck by the choreography and work of Bill T. Jones, and the passion and joy that overflows from the stage. Fela’s mother, Funmilayo, was a strong, truly inspiring woman, and I am so privileged to be able to pay tribute to her on the Broadway stage.”

The show is in its final stage and will be closing in January. However it will begin an international tour which many cities across the globe are looking forward to with great anticipation. Rumor has it that Nigerian musician D’Banj auditioned for the role of FELA, there however has been not actual confirmation of him securing the role. We wish him all the best and hope he gets the part.

If you have not already, head out to New York and see this amazing onstage revisitation of the life of Fela Kuti, it will be well worth your time.

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”-  Chinua Achebe

Living the Dream…

A black star beats in my chest in place of my heart! I was beaming with pride yesterday when Ghana brought down the USA in an intense second round World Cup qualifier match. The Ghanaian victory over the USA is deja vu after Ghana eliminated the USA in a previous World Cup qualifier. In this game the Ghanaian black star out-shined the star-spangled banner bringing joy to the many Africans standing behind Ghana!

With the World Cup being held in South Africa many Africans were looking to see an African nation push through and hopefully make it to the final. A lot was weighing on Ghana’s victory-one American commentator said

“if Ghana does not make it, most Africans could potentially lose interest in the WorldCup”-

I don’t know how much truth this statement holds for the rest of Africa but I know I would have stopped watching.

On to yesterday’s festivities! A bunch of friends and I gathered at Rockit Bar and Grill to show support for the Black Stars.

Moments before kick-off

The game kick started at a fast pace with Ghana dominating the game in the early minutes and it was the early goal from Kevin-Prince Boateng in the fifth minute that set Ghana ahead of the US!

"Celebration after the first goal"

Ghana maintained the lead in the game until the 62nd minute when Clint Dempsey was fouled in the area giving the US  a penalty kick. Landon Donovan sent the game into extra time when he put the ball in the back of the net.

Despair in the faces of Ghanaian fans

It was complete silence as the two teams started the first half of extra-time, the steady stream of vuvuzelas added to the intensity in the room!  The winning shot came in the 93rd minute as Asamoah Gyan hooked a left-foot shot over the head of U.S. goalie Tim Howard and into the roof of the net. Gyan had held onto Andre Ayew’s deep ball and maintained his balance as he beat American defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Jay DeMerit before shooting. The only goal of extra time sent the Ghanaian fans into a frenzy of celebration!

"Elated Ghanaian Fans"
Celebration!!!!

Once Ghana took the lead they played an excellent game of keep away for the Americans. The Americans had a few good chances for yet another miracle finish to tie the game, but any significant rushes either fell short or were masterfully defended by Ghana.

When the whistle was blown we went into a crazed celebration and took to the streets-some even forgot to close out their tabs!

Celebrating in the streets of Chicago

I have not felt such pride since Obama was elected! The day ended in joy, though I have completely lost my voice from all the screaming and my lips are swollen from the Vuvuzela blowing, I wave the Ghana flag with pride! Looking forward to the next game!

Ghanaian Pride!

“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority are the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
-Vince Lombardi