Music promoters in December tug-of-war

HARARE - Four international artistes will perform in Harare in December in a fiery jostle by local promoters for a slice of the festive cake.

Zahara and Mafikizolo from South Africa and Jamaican stars I-Octane and Morgan Heritage will perform in the Zimbabwean capital city between December 5 and 19.

Loliwe singer Zahara, who has been a regular performer in Zimbabwe during the festive season for the past three years, will share the stage with Jah Prayzah and Suluman Chimbetu at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on December 5 in a gig being jointly organised by Devine Assignments and Star FM.

Divine Assignments official Lawrence Chinoperekwei is confident that the Zahara gig will withstand competition from other  high-profile gigs also taking place next month.

"In fact, we are looking for more supporting acts for the concert. All the necessary documents for the concert are in place," said Chinoperekwei.

Divine Assignments will also jointly promote celebrated reggae group Morgan Heritage's maiden tour of Zimbabwe with Proma Events. The New York-based reggae group is scheduled to perform in Harare on December 19.

Morgan Heritage's member Mr Mojo, who was in Harare early this week to finalise the gig, confirmed the concert.

"We are looking forward to our first indoor concert in Africa. We have never had one so it's gonna be interesting both for us and our fans," said Mr Mojo in an interview with the Daily News.

Interestingly, Morgan Heritage's Harare concert will take place a day after Mafikizolo's concert at the Harare International Conference Centre being organised by Simba Madziwa of Simmad Entertainment.

Though Madziwa was unprepared at this stage to reveal more details on the gig that will see Mafikizolo share the stage with music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Jah Prayzah and Alexio Kawara, investigations by the Daily News at the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe offices confirmed that Simmad Entertainment will indeed bring the award-winning South African duo to Harare on December 18.

The other high-profile gig by a foreign artiste next month will be Jamaican star I-Octane's concert set for the at City Sports Centre being promoted by Chipaz Promotions.

I-Octane, a 31-year-old internationally acclaimed reggae and dancehall artiste who started recording music commercially at the age of 16 , will share the stage with several zimdancehall stars during his maiden concert in Zimbabwe.

The Jamaican star will perform on the same stage with Winky D, Sniper Storm, Soul Jah Love, Seh Calaz, Dadza D, Hwindi President, Kinna, Lady Squanda, Judgement Yard, Merciless Zim, Chillspot Records, Chipaz Sound, Templeman and Garry B, Dj Cables, Dj Smiley, Fyah Lynx and Leny Matherhorn.

Chipaz Promotions director Partson Chimbodza is confident that the I-Octane will be a success even though it is sandwiched by other big international gigs.

"All the necessary documents needed for the I-Octane gig are in order. We are now waiting for the day and we are confident that the gig will succeed despite the competition because it is a unique concert," said Chimbodza.

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