The debut annual Simuka Comedy Fiesta, which ran from Tuesday to Thursday last week, went down as a great success.
Held at Zimbabwe German Society (ZGS) and Book Café, the festival showered the audience with a variety of comedians from both Harare and Bulawayo. Doc Vikela, Cde Fatso, Carl Joshua Ncube, Seb Diesel, Simba The Comic King, Ntando Van Moyos and Q the Boss all took to the stage. The performers were split into three groups and performed on different nights, sharing the stage with upcoming comedians who emerged from the open mic session held earlier in the month.
Simuka Comedy co-founder Doc Vikela explains, “We want to grow the industry by nurturing upcoming comedians and giving them a platform to perform.”
The opening night saw Doc Vikela dishing out satires on politicians and public figures, not sparing ZBC CEO Happiness Muchechetere who has been making headlines for his hefty salary and allowances. Doc Vikela presented a hilarious philosophy on African dancing which suggests that North Africans dance using their hands because they think they are on top of the continent, Central Africans dance mostly using their waist giving example of rhumba dancers. He said people in Southern Africa use their feet giving examples of pansula and sungura dances.
The night also came with surprises as popular poet Madzitatiguru took to the podium to try his luck in comedy. He proved his versatility in performance art, delivering an electric show that left the audience in stitches.
The second night at ZGS had Simba The Comic King delivering a spectacular show right from the beginning to the end. His opening line: “This show is sponsored by Savanna Dry so if the jokes are dry ladies and gentlemen, blame it on the alcohol,” had the crowd wild in laughter. Clive Chigubu was also out to kill. He made a classic entrance with trending house music song Xigubu. He was full of energy, which quickly spread to the audience who gave him a overwhelming response. Seb Diesiel was the host for this night. Between performers Seb kept his audience charged up for the next perfomer, engaging them in silly games.
The fiesta received a worthy send-off with Ntando Van Moyos, Carl Joshua Ncube and the host Q the Boss. Van Moyos like Doc Vikela employed satire, taking a ride on politicians.
Speaking about the 3-day festival, Doc Vikela said, “We have had an interesting fiesta attracting an average of 90 people per night. We will definitely grow in the next year and involve female comedians and international acts on our line up.”