I-Octane to rock Harare

HARARE - Jamaican dancehall star I-Octane will hold his maiden concert at the City Sports Centre tomorrow.

The Badmind Dem A Pree singer will share the stage with several local Zimdancehall musicians who include 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.

I-Octane’s maiden concert in Zimbabwe follows recent shows in the country by his compatriots Konshens and Busy Signal.

Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions, who is organising the gig, told the Daily News that all was now in place for the highly-anticipated concert.

“Saturday is the day as everything is now in place for I-Octane’s first performance in Zimbabwe,” he said.

The 31-year-old internationally acclaimed reggae and dancehall artiste started recording music commercially as a teenager when he released singles such as Oh Jah and Stepp a Seed.

He went on to drop chart-toppers such as  Straight From The Heart, Burn Dem Bridge, Crying To The Nation,  Badmind Dem A Pree,a collaboration with Bounty Killer produced by Buju Banton’s son Markus Myrie and Love Di Vibes among others.

Meanwhile, Chimbodza has assured music fans that the circumstances that led Winky D to stop performing at Busy Signal’s concert won’t be repeated.

The Mafirakureva singer’s manager Jonathan Banda was manhandled by security personnel forcing the artiste to refuse to perform in protest.

“This is a new deal and we have even paid Winky D as past events should not stop us from moving ahead,” said Chimbodza.

Banda also confirmed Winky D’s participation in I-Octane’s first performance in Zimbabwe.

“We owe our fans big time and we are ready to deliver a top-class act. However, I still strongly believe that as an industry there is need to revise the way we engage. I am not blaming anyone but there is need for tougher security measures that can protect everyone attending the show. A good time should be a good time, no one should be injured,” said Banda.

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