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Ben,Kiki lead New Year countdown

KELVIN KACHINGWE – Lusaka
A WEEK after leading The Bongwe Barn in Lusaka’s Roma in their Christmas countdown with songs like the Last Christmas, Fairlytale of New York, Winter Wonderland and Jingle Bell Rock, Ben and Kiki were back for a similar assignment on New Year’s Eve at The Web on Kafue Road.
The heavy downpour of rain had failed to keep Lusaka residents in their homes as most of them made their way to their different and favourite drinking spots for the New Year countdown.
The Web, located between Southern Cross Motors and Investrust, can claim to have had a fair share of them. But that is not quite it; it actually had more than a fair share of people.
Patrons had to be patient in finding parking space at The Web, which is only open from Wednesday to Sunday. That they were willing to park outside, where security was not necessarily guaranteed, is testament to their determination not to miss out on the New Year countdown by Ben and Kiki (Kiki Militsis, Ben Thurairatnam and Reza Faiz).
But there was more to the Web than just Ben and Kiki; the house band Nexus was also there to start the night.
The Nexus Band has changed shape with the departure of one of the vocalists, Mumba. But with Natalie (vocals), Timothy (vocals), John Sax (saxophone), Donald (keyboard), Robert (bass) and Reza as the sound engineer while doubling also on guitars and keyboard still there, you can hardly notice the changes.
However, Nexus left the New Year countdown honours to Ben and Kiki, who took to the stage shortly before midnight.
As is the case with Ben Kiki, you expect them to display their versatility with their song selection.
For the New Year show, they played Get Lucky (Daft Punk), Thriller (Michael Jackson), Hideaway (Keisza),  Waves (Mr Probz), Stronger than Me (Amy Winehouse), Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac), Rude (Magic), Royals (Lorde), Africa (Toto), Use Somebody (Kings of Leon), With or Without You (U2), Angel (Shaggy), Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus), What’s Up (4 Non Blondes), Zombie (Cranberries), Waka Waka (Shakira) and a Zed mix of Donchi Kubeba (Dandy Krazy) and Walilowelela (Mampi).
But of course the moment was when they played Auld Lang Syne at midnight to bring in the New Year. The song, which means Times Long Past in Scottish, is traditionally sung at New Year and commemorates old memories of the year past as they go into a new one.
The cosmopolitan audience simply loved it.



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