Vic Falls Carnival to welcome 2016 in style.

The Vic Falls Carnival has evolved from humble
beginnings to one of Africa’s largest New Year’s
celebrations. It offers a wild New Year’s
celebration at the incredible Victoria Falls
in Zimbabwe right on the border with
Zambia.The 5 600-foot wide falls provide a mind-blowing backdrop for a party of all parties
to welcome in 2016. Local acts and international
DJs will between 29 and 31 December cover
many different venues over three days and
nights, from the exclusive Vic Falls Carnival
Train Party to indoor and outdoor clubs, and of course the festival site itself.

While the local New Year’s celebration can be
traced back to 1885, when David Livingstone
decided to toast to the queen at the turn of the
New Year, in 2012 Sean Young and Blessing
Munyenyiwa founded the Vic Falls Carnival to
continue this tradition. Now in its fourth edition, the festival has continually showcased
artists from all over Southern Africa, and caters
for all musical tastes for anyone ready to party
into the New Year. The vintage steam train will take party-goers on
a journey through the Victoria Falls National
Park to a secret location deep in the African
bush. With local DJ’s pumping tunes through
the classic carriages, you’ll be in full party mood
when you disembark at the secret stage set up under the African skies. This year for the first
time the carnival has opened up a second train
for festival goers. Zimbabwean producer, vocalist, guitarist and all
round creative person Dennis Rwafa – popularly
known as Zyon Black – will thrill party goers
with his unique brand of bass music on 29
December aboard the steam train. Zyon crept
up on the scene with his massive remix of Thomas Mapfumo’s song ‘Nyoka Musango’. The remix quickly became a chart topper, getting
playlisted on numerous radio stations
globally. Zyon Black gained recognition and
firmly placed himself as one of Zimbabwe’s
finest electronic music producers. Growing up
on a diet of rock, hip-hop and dancehall, the Zyon Black philosophy both in the studio and
on stage is built on one premise: no boundaries. Also on board on the steam train is the 2013
winner of the DJ Idols competition, Harshai –
better known as Bhana – who has solidified his
place as a regular on the Zimbabwean club
circuit. Having played at every major
Zimbabwean club, Bhana is well known for his ability to read a crowd and to play for a variety
of audiences and tastes. To complete this
impressive DJ line-up is DJ Rax with his dynamic
delivery of big tunes from highly praised clubs
around Africa. On 30 December, the organizers of the carnival
have arranged for parties at multiple venues in
town, which will be announced soon. The main event will of course happen on 31
December at the Victoria Falls Primary School,
where the likes of Mokoomba, Mango Groove,
Goodluck and Jason Leroux are expected to
perform. Hailing from Victoria Falls itself is the
sextet of Mokoomba, with their unique blend of Tonga and Luvale traditional rhythms fused with
dashes of funk, ska and soukous. The band has
already toured countless countries around the
world and has won numerous awards. Mango
Groove’s career has spanned an exciting and
turbulent time in South Africa’s history. Since its first iconic multi-platinum release in 1989, the
band, together with its charismatic lead singer
Claire Johnston, has gone on to become a
household name in South Africa. To date,
Mango Groove has sold over 750 000 albums in
South Africa alone. South African electronic band Goodluck will inspire the audience
with their radio-friendly electronic music, which
has been hailed as truly African with the ability
to cross over internationally. To further boost the Southern African line-up,
the carnival will welcome South African pop
band MonArk, Botswana songstress Charma Gal,
Cape Town’s DJ Diloxclusiv, Zimbabwe’s own
Judgement Yard, Harare’s singer-
songwriter Ryan Koriya and Steam Train regular DJ Francis.

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