Mavericks and Rogues light Best of Both Worlds
Monday, 15 March 2021
best-of-both-worldsWinky D and Jah Prayzah live in Harare
Zimbabwe - Winky D and Jah Prayzah both draw passion and inspiration from the same rich, deep and fertile wellspring that is the Zimbabwean musical tradition. However, the two artists take this inspiration in slightly different directions; the former favouring chanting dancehall reggae beats, while the latter opts for a sound that is a bit more contemporary.
In both cases, the two have soared to superstardom in Zimbabwe and throughout southern Africa, each with a rabidly loyal following. Indeed, nothing divides the country’s music lovers quite like the Winky-Jah debate.
This February, Kayse Concert TV presented Best of Both Worlds, a three-hour pay-per view livestream that showcased the talents of both artists. The widely anticipated show met and exceeded all expectations, as it served up a nonstop outpouring of pure passion and joy, not only with its music, but also in terms of the stunning visuals created by the Events Evolution team with help from Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures.
Lighting designer Kingdom Kudzerema and LED/video technical director Tatenda Gaylord Rushwaya didn’t play favourites, showering both performers with colour combinations that often pulled together unusually bold choices, such as yellows mixing it up with greens.
A collection of eight Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures, four on the back truss and four FOH, served as workhorses during the 6-9 pm show creating specials and gobo patterns, while highlighting the individuals on stage. Working with the FOH Mavericks were four Rogue R2 Spot units. Additionally, four Rogue R2 Washes were used to give the stage its distinctive palettes.
“The output and the correct positioning of the fixtures really helped in accomplishing the balance of light and LED screens,” said Kudzerema. “Harmonising light and video was critical to giving the stage a personality that came across in a livestream format.”

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