They last performed in Bulawayo on 25 January 2020 and it was the last show to be held in the city before the first Covid-19 national lockdown.
After their splendid performance on that night at BAC Leisure, the Scorpion Kings duo of DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small were never to be seen again in Bulawayo.
While leaving the venue at around 4am the next morning, DJ Maphorisa was surprised by what he saw on the parking lot at BAC.
Scores of revellers, who had failed to enter the venue and witness the Scorpion Kings performing magic on the decks, were milling outside.
“Its painful that all these people came to see us perform but they couldn’t grace the event because the venue has a small capacity. Next time when we return, we want a stadium,” said DJ Maphorisa who also trades as Madumane.
Filling up a stadium in Bulawayo is Scorpion Kings’ dream, but considering the reality and the scourge of the pandemic, it remains a fantasy.
However, what is important is that they are returning to the City of Kings and are set to perform at Eyadini (located on 13th Avenue and Magazine Street) on 22 January.
The international gig, a first to be held in the city in 2022 is brought by Fife Street Events and patrons are expected to flock in as early as 1pm.
The organisers of the gig, Junior Mbanje said that Bulawayo was craving for such top-notch acts and Fife Street Events decided to give them value for their money by hosting Scorpion Kings.
“Scorpion Kings has been the biggest Amapiano act for the last three years or so and the last time they were in Bulawayo, they shut the city down.
“So, what better way to start the year in the City of Kings than bringing Kabza and Maphorisa, two artistes that are highly sought after all the way across Africa. These two are masters of their craft and we have no doubt that they will give Bulawayo a day to remember.
“We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy a family friendly show. As has become the norm as we operate in the new normal, we shall be adhering to strict Covid-19 regulations so time-keeping and social distancing will be strictly enforced.
“There will be a full bar and other catering services so we encourage people to come as early as they can to get full value for their money,” said Mbanje.
General tickets are pegged at US$20; the VIP tickets are going out for US$50 while tags for the golden circle are sold for US$100.
Advanced tickets are available at Compucell.