MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe
FOLLOWING the success of last yearâ€™s beach festival, Flying Fish last Saturday hosted another unparalleled beach festival at Mindolo Dam in Kitwe that had a host of activities including zorb balls, beach volleyballs and dance-offs.
About 3,000 people made it to Mindolo Dam to experience the day-to-night experience with the Flying Beach Festival.
There is another Fly Fish Beach Festival planned for the Gymkhana Club in the Lusaka Showgrounds on September 24, but it seems the Lusaka party freaks did not want to wait for that date, perhaps it is too far or not enough for them.
They descended on Mindolo Dam seemingly ignoring the happenings at Arthur Davies Stadium where focus and interest was for most soccer fans as the legendary Nkana took on the â€œbaby that was born with teethâ€ Power Dynamos in a super league match.
There was drama at Arthur Davies Stadium, particularly from the ostensibly drunk Nkana supporters, but it was not anything compared to what was transpiring at Mindolo Dam, if you ask those that had made the trip for the beach -themed party.
It was a fun-filled tropical fiesta.
The organisers, Zambian Breweries, through Flying Fish, had promised that Mindolo Dam will be the premier destination for party-lovers seeking the quality festive atmosphere usually found in European hot spots.
â€œUpon entering, guests will be treated to a lush Caribbean oasis complete with beach sand and palm trees. Flying Fish will create an entertainment platform that showcases local chart-topping acts,â€ the statement released to the Weekend Mail prior to the event read.
â€œâ€¦Organisers of the event are planning to transport the cityâ€™s coolest socialites to a tropical seashore, complete with sand, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, towels, music, prizes and related activities such as Frisbee, football penalty kicks and volleyball that are sure to be great fun for all concerned.â€
Well, they delivered.
The atmosphere was amazing.
There was some laughter in the zorb balls and some serious skills shown on the beach volleyball.
But of course no party is complete without music; and so DJ Selectah and Tony & Guido had to show what Kitwe can offer at a party like that before Lusakaâ€™s DJ Cheyo, Sebastien Dutch and Blocks also performed.
South African DJ Cleo brought a bit of an international flavour towards the end of the party.
Some of the tunes that had the revellers jumping in the air were Pontiano Kaicheâ€™s â€œBana Mulengaâ€™, Exileâ€™s â€œEfindingileâ€, Bob Marleyâ€™s â€œBuffalo Soldierâ€, and a host of West African Râ€™nâ€™B songs.
After starting on a slow note, the event hit top notch at around 21:00 hours with the imminent arrival of DJ Cleo. As expected, the Kwaito maestro did not disappoint as he entertained the crowd to a number of his tracks, notable among them his trademark â€œSizohlangana Facebookâ€.
After close to two hours of serious mixing, DJ Cleo gave up the stage to Sebastian Dutch to close the show.
Next, the party moves to Lusaka.
MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe