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Victoria Falls Carnival spills into Zambia



FOR three days the resort of town of Victoria Falls will burst with Zimbabwean pride as the carnival spirit takes centre stage with more than 30 top acts performing on one stage.


There will certainly be lots of thrills and spills at this year’s 11th edition of the Victoria Falls Carnival which runs from April 28 to 30 at Elephant Hills Resort.

Added to this, organisers announced that the carnival will spill into Zambia with a series of special events titled Vic Falls Carnival Presents — Destination: Livingstone.

The orgnisers said some of the headlining acts from the main carnival will be held in partnership with Timedia and Radisson Blu Hotel Mosi-Oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort, the host venue.

“The Victoria Falls Carnival main stage at Elephant Hills Resort features a stellar line-up of over 30 of Africa’s hottest music acts on one stage from Friday April 28 to Sunday April 30, 2023,” the carnival organisers noted.

“Victoria Falls Carnival has once again created the best way to spend three days at Victoria Falls. Travel, adventure, and, of course, African music, all in one renowned setting, Africa’s majestic Mosi-oa-Tunya, the smoke that thunders.”

On the Victoria Falls Carnival Main Stage at Elephant Hills Resort features festival goers can expect to watch Ckay join the already stellar line-up of artistes, including Musa Keys, Jah Prayzah, Oskido, LKG, Toss, Mdoovar, 9umba, Black Motion, Enzo Ishall, Anita Jaxson, Mac G & Sol, Top Cheri, Rimo, Mi Casa, Mafikizolo, Han-C, Khoisan, Tashinga, Nitefreak, Just Drev, DJ Liz, Nospa, Nkosiminator, Renolife, Andrea the Vocalist, Doll Ya Mama and Boity.

One of the most anticipated performances is by CKay, also known as “Africa’s Boyfriend”.

CKay is the rising star in the ever-burgeoning Afrobeats scene, spearheading a self-coined sub-genre “Emo-Afrobeat”, to best describe the Nigerian-born star’s sound. 

His hit songs Love Nwantiti and Felony earned him global recognition with the former single spurring multiple international remixes and TikTok users from across the world further solidified his place at the top with the Love Nwantiti Dance challenge.

CKay’s remix of “Love Nwantiti” featuring DJ Yo and Axel, became the most Shazamed song in the world and propelled him into the history books to become the first African artiste to hit 20 million Spotify Listeners.

Warner Music has been quoted as saying “CKay sits at the forefront of the Afrobeats canon” and he continues to soar up global charts, with his most recent single Emiliana surpassing 100 million streams.

The carnival’s general access ticket for day one pass is pegged at US$50, two-day pass is US$65 and three-day pass cost US$90.

For the VIP ticket, a three-day pass is selling at US$295.

It includes access to a VIP viewing deck with a private VIP bar and toilet facilities, private pool party (29 April), sunset cruise that will include drinks and snacks.

The pass also allows the holder to attend live performances at Pure Africa on 28 and 29 April.

It also includes a private VIP party with headline acts on 30 April 30.

On the whole, the Victoria Falls Carnival offers festival goers fun, thrills and exciting entertainment.

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