Mugabe jives to No Woman, No Cry

2012-05-26 20:33

President Robert Mugabe probably expected the usual boring state dinner when he touched down in Johannesburg on Thursday for the Global African Diaspora Summit.

But African songbird Yvonne Chaka Chaka had other plans.

On Friday night, Mugabe found himself on the dance floor of the Sandton Convention Centre as Chaka Chaka serenaded him with the Bob Marley classic No Woman, No Cry.

A long table was set up for the VIPs in front of the stage. Guests included South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema and Swaziland’s absolute monarch, King Mswati III.

Like a strict matron, Chaka Chaka told the heads of state to finish their rack of lamb quickly because they would be jiving with her later.

She was not joking.

When she launched into Marley’s anthem, Chaka Chaka called on the heads of state to help. She went to every person at the long table and handed them the microphone, one by one, so they could complete
the chorus.

Mugabe is no stranger to music – he once made a CD for an election campaign.

He was singled out by Chaka Chaka for a whirl around the floor, showing off some excellent moves for an 88-year-old dogged by rumours of ill health.

He wasn’t the only head of state showing off his style. President Jacob Zuma opened the floor with his ex-wife, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – there in her capacity as the country’s candidate for the African Union Commission chairperson – as his newest wife, Bongi Ngema-Zuma, looked on.

The former spouses’ song for the night? Chaka Chaka’s newest song, the as-yet-unreleased Amazing Man.

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