Local urban music will come up against basketball on Saturday April 21 at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) when the all-ladies basketball team, Kukoma Eagles officially launch their team.
Music looks set to transcend beyond the actual theme of the day, as the event has hooked local urban music prominent faces in the likes of Phyzix, Piksy Barry Uno, and Hyphen who will be complimented by efforts from Tadala and DJ Trick on the decks.
According to Team Secretary Rachel Makawa, the idea was to bring talents from the two divides together in the process doubling up the fan for all patrons who will be present during the launch on Saturday.
“Most of these musicians are into basketball too. It is either they have ever participated on a professional level or social level. We thought of mixing the big talents which both fall in the same category of expressive art.
“To the musicians it is also an opportunity to dust themselves a bit by dropping their microphones to join us on the court. So the whole idea is about creating and giving out maximum fun as possible,” she said.
The team, Eagles, started more of a social team in February this year but after noting that they could do more, the girls sought sponsorship from Kukoma which led to the birth of Kukoma Eagles.
Makawa said; “It is our wish to be recognised not just as a great team but also role models to the younger girls. We want to be that inspiration to them that they can also compete with the male fork on all fronts be it scholarly or socially.”
The musicians themselves are upbeat about their inclusion on the programme’s event and believe the influence of sports and music will work wonders on the day.
Rapper Phyzix said; “As musicians we focus on music but other forms of entertainment like sports are also close to our hearts. This is a line-up of established and leading artists and trusts me; we will bring more fun and pomp to the event.”
He has promised his fans the best hits ranging from his current productions to golden oldies, ‘bwelani mudzaone m’mene timabebetsera. Kukometsa sugar adha!’
On his part Barry Uno said; “Music performances have always been part and parcel of basketball. Back in the days we would have freestyle concerts mixed with basketball. So now is just continuing with something which has got its roots from far back.” n