KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
NOT for the first time, Mampi and DJ El Mukuka joined leading musicians and sic jockeys on the continent for Jameson Vic Falls Carnival in the resort town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe for the New Year.
This is a real party held on one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The line-up included Black Coffee, Mi Casa, Tresor, Amara Brown, The Kiffness, Jason Le Roux, Flying Bantu, Rubber Duc and DJ Francis among others.
Activities included white water rafting, helicopter flights, bungee jump and lion encounters.
It is a three-day extravaganza that starts on December 29.
On this day, revellers dressed up in traditional African fabrics, painted their faces and brought masks for a journey through the African bush veld with legendary DJ Francis on board as they sped past lions and elephants. The train stopped at a secret bush location in the Vic Falls wildlife park for an unforgettable night under the stars with back to back DJ’S including Neverland founder DJ Jason LeRoux.
The second day, which December 30, revellers started New Year’s celebration early with an electric night of the best in live house, African, indie and electro-pop.
South Africa’s Black Coffee headlined the night but there were a host of parties at popular local venues like Shoestrings.
The big one was on Sunday, the New Year’s Eve when everyone was encouraged to take their own flags, paint their faces in their home colours and represent their country in the countdown to 2018.
The night had a host of amazing artistes including Tresor, the music sensation from the heart of the Congo, the kings of energetic must-dance-to live performance The Kiffness, Zambian queen of dancehall Mampi, local Vic Falls Flying Bantu and many more.
Thousands of adventure loving travellers from all over the world, fire breathers and traditional dancers were all ready to experience the thrill.
But the excitement does not end there, at the festival grounds, there is white water rafting, bungee jumping, on an elephant back safari or sipping of a cocktail while you watch the vulture feeding at Safari Lodge.
Mampi clearly enjoyed herself even posting pictures of herself at the Carnival on Instagram while holding the Zambian flag.