Hundreds of fans thronged Mbalamwezi Beach Club in Dar es Salaam on Saturday to take part in the Str8Muzik beach party where a special appearance of the international music icon, Elephant Man thrilled.
The surprise dancehall reggae singer also globally known as the Energy God, took onto stage a few minutes after 10 pm and turned up the energy for hours, sending the crowd at the expansive dance area into fits of smiles, varying dance styles and ululations.
With a boisterous demeanour, quick chatting lyricism and unforgettable stage presence, he shot onto stage, calling on Dar es Salaam to respond to true versatile entertainer who makes music for the world.
“Africa is beautiful. Tanzania is great, wonderful African ladies”, he kept shouting.
The muscled entertainer, clad in white attired completed with a shinny black tight T-shirt and heavy chain, sang ranges of songs in different genres including sweet reggae, dance reggae and a mix of slow sweet reggae.
He also paid tribute to Buju Banton who is serving a jail term in Jamaica. He sang ‘We are the World’ in his characteristic sweet reggae style which ended his one and a half hour show.
At the strategically set up international stage by the ocean, with the DJ cabin over 40 metres away, revellers first witnessed sporting events such as boat rides, beach football, kiting, pool, dhow rides, volleyball and water bullet shooting as the entire environment seemed like a Dar es Salaam version of Miami when day light melted away.
In hyped up beach activities from mid morning to the afternoon, lined up to perform ranged from Tanzanian to Kenyan artistes who curtain raised before the characteristic aggressive performer Man shot himself to stage.
Earlier performers, who also brought their East African fresh flavour to the night, included winners of Stre8Muzik Freestyle 2011, who warmed up anticipating revellers to 1980s ,1990s old skool and latest hits that seemed to set the tempo for a fun evening coloured by reggae and Bongo Flava.
Among artistes were Cpwa, Fid Q, P-Unit and ‘shy boy’ Kenya’s Red San. Once the guests were ushered into the beach, they were met by a bevy of beauties, who ostensibly made them feel at home, with Str8Muzik brands and the games which were taking place throughout the day.
“I have enjoyed this. With boat rides which were free here today, I feel this is real lifestyle of Bongo. These have been phenomenal moments”, said Alex Mcharo, a reveler at the event.
Similar remarks were echoed by others such as Anastasia Bhoke, a banker in Dar es Salaam, who also took part in the boat rides. “We are celebrating a great day. It is an embodiment of fun, sporting and music,” she said.
The beach party was organised by Tanzania Cigarette Company through its.