MicInity's flag man — Waving the Rasta culture

HARARE - Amid the energy and excitement on the stage when Zimbabwe reggae dancehall crooner MicInity is performing, is the enthusiasm of the equally energetic flag waver.

Simply called “Mountain Lion”, he is a noticeable part of MicInity’s entourage and has proved to be a necessary part of the artiste’s stage performance.

The flag waver carries the red, green and gold flag with pride, swinging from side to side, until the show is over.

Pioneered by Jamaican reggae dancehall artiste Capleton, who is heading to Zimbabwe for the much-hyped “December 7 Judgement” show in Harare, MicInity has religiously used the flag-waving phenomenon with amazing results.

It is part of MicInity’s every perfomance.

According to Capleton also known as King Shango, the banner represents victory, equal rights and justice, love and unity, black people, Rastafari, reparation and liberation.

As the trendsetter, Capleton, who last staged perfomances in Zimbabwe last December, says the flag represents the teachings of Marcus Garvey and the Ethiopian flag.

That heritage is what motivates Mountain Lion.

Dancehall artiste Dadza D, who usually warms up the stage for MicInity and also does backing vocals, said the “banner waver” was an important part of every performance, and feels good about their group’s flag waving custom.

MicInity offers compensation to his flag waver.

“He is actually paid, yeah mahn,” Dadza D told the Daily News.

MicInity’s “flag warrior” discharges his duty with single-minded determination, creating an amazing spectacle on stage.

Other people though suggest that flag men serve another purpose.

They claim they are a way to bolster an artiste’s otherwise lacklustre performance.

Dadza D says, however, that in their case, the music stands on its own.

The Mukadzi Anondinyepera hitmaker says raising the flag is a very spiritual thing; it’s the banner of the Almighty. - Entertainment Writer

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