Those of us old enough to remember ExQ during the height of the Urban Grooves era or watched him perform during the popular Wednesday shows at the then Sports Diner fully understand that by now, he’s grown into more than just an artist.
He’s now a bona fide superstar even more famous but humble, funny and likeable.
People’s fathers and mothers were at Unplugged to watch ExQ and so was their youngest children some of them conceived during the Musalala era.
Take that same ExQ of more than a decade ago and put him on stage and you will realise he has grown in charm and talent and when people love you like that, then you should run for Mayor!!
When he stepped on the stage soon after performances from Jah Prayzah and the rest of the Military Touch Movement group, the pop star moved with the sort of confidence that comes only from knowing that you are in your territory, where it manifests not as ego but as absolute self-belief.
That was the experience at least tried here to be captured by a pen and a camera in Borrowdale for a first of its kind Unplugged special edition where he launched his album Tseu Tseu.
For a people who had just been to an another Unplugged event barely a fortnight ago, it was yet to be seen if ExQ was really that big of an artist to pull it off. And he proved right!!
The venue was packed, even ExQ was in shock when he spoke to this reporter. He said this kind of love and support he has never seen.
“I don’t remember the last time I launched an album and was able to draw these huge crowds. Usually, it’s a radio release. But I think it will hit me later that all these people actually came for my launch, it’s humbling,” he told Zimbuzz.
He revealed that he will be having the Album tour in Johannesburg, Malaysia, China and the USA.
He performed his revamped golden hits like ‘Hauchambondifonera,’ ‘Mazirudo,’ ‘Maidei’ and not being much a dancer, when the tempo upped like during ‘Alleluya’ he would just glide on the side letting his all-male dancers lead the way.
ExQ closed the show with “Musikanzwa,” probably one of the strongest tracks on the Tseu Tseu album, but this time he let the music cd to play on it’s on as the new song sunk in, with the crowd listening attentively, almost in agreement that it could be a hit song.
And as the weekly rains that had taken a shock break to allow for Tseu Tseu at Unplugged started falling ExQ was already done with his performance, and for those who wanted to continue with the DJ party, they had to run for cover.
All in all, he gave a performance worth every penny, even though he did not perform songs from the new album, it was refreshing to see the massive crowd that turned up and the befitting show he gave
We will spend our Sunday listening to the album and will drop our review on Monday.