HARARE - Jamaican reggae singer Christopher Martin will finally hold his debut performance in Zimbabwe at the Glamis Arena in Harare on April 29.
Last year, on the Jamaican television show, Onstage, Martin said Zimbabwe would be part of his Africa Tour.
“In the beginning of August (2015) I will be in Africa,” the singer revealed during the interview. “We have shows in Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and Harare, Zimbabwe.”
But in the end, the Jamaican star excluded Zimbabwe from his tour of the continent last year.
Barbara Chikosi of Red Rose Entertainment has now moved in to make the Cheaters Prayer hit-maker’s wish to perform in Zimbabwe a reality.
The Jamaican star will share the stage with local artists who include Jah Prayzah, Winky D and Ninja Lipsy.
Martin has effectively been brought to replace fellow Jamaican reggae artist Jah Cure who was scheduled to perform at the same venue and on the same date.
Chikosi, who is popularly known as Mama Red Rose, confirmed Martin’s maiden tour of Zimbabwe but could not readily give more details.
“We are glad to host Christopher Martin for the first time here in Harare,” was all she could say yesterday.
Martin, who was born in 1987, rose to fame in Jamaica back in 2005 when he won the talent competition Digicel Rising Stars.
Since then, he has been one of reggae’s leading voices after going on to work with some of the leading producers like Zj Chrome, Chimney Records, Troyton, Big Yard, Arif Cooper, Shane Brown and Christopher Birch.
Some of his other famous tracks include Paper Loving, Reggae Road Block, Mi Friend Dem, Na Na Na and Chill Spot.
Last year, the Jamaican star, who also split with his longtime girlfriend, dancehall artiste Cecile, was in the news when his top-of-the-range vehicle and another belonging to Jah Cure were seized by Jamaican anti-corruption officials.
Officers from the Jamaican Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption agency said the vehicles were illegally imported into the island.
Martin, however, denied any wrong doing in the saga, saying that he was not the one who imported the vehicle into Jamaica but he bought it from a local car sales lot.
Martin’s impending tour is yet another confirmation of how Zimbabwe has become a popular destination for international reggae/dancehall artistes.
A string of top-notch Jamaican entertainers who include Konshens, Capleton, Fantan Moja, Mr Vegas, Charlie Black, Busy Signal, Kalado, Elephant Man, Luciano, Sizzla, Mavado and Popcaan have performed in Zimbabwe in recent years.