Reggae star Chris Martin to bring live band

HARARE - Jamaican reggae musician Christopher Martin says he will bring a live band for his maiden Zimbabwean performance set for the Glamis Arena on April 29.

Martin told Jamaica’s On Stage TV that a live band was a necessity for his first tour of Zimbabwe.

“I have been to Uganda and this month I will go to Zimbabwe and South Africa. This time it will not be a small travel party because I will be carrying my entire band, The Jamdonz as well as my friend D Major. It’s a big family vibe.

“My brand is growing in Africa. There is nothing better than live music; that’s when I give my best show when I have live music. I am pleased that I will be able to let other people see the continent, maybe one or two of my band members have been to Africa before but the majority have never been there before,” he said soon after being appointed KFC brand ambassador for Jamaica.

The Cheaters Prayer hit-maker added that Africa is identified with the messages he puts across in his music.

“I feel like Africa is big on messages and the messages that I put in my music are big on uplifting love, values and stuff that speaks to people in different ways. I feel that they connect me in that way. Ever since I sang Paper Loving, from 2010 I have been to Africa every year,” said the Jamaican star.

Martin is currently riding on his latest single Steppin, on which he featured Busy Signal.

“The song was done and complete, and then Busy heard it, loved it, and said he was going to go on it, and that’s exactly what he did. If the track was at 90, he brought it to 180. He doubled it up. It’s crazy,” said the Jamaican artiste.

Martin, who was born in 1987 rose to prominence in Jamaica 11 years ago when he won the talent competition Digicel Rising Stars.

Since then, he has been one of reggae’s leading voices. He has worked with some leading producers like ZJ Chrome, Chimney Records, Troyton, Big Yard, Arif Cooper, Shane Brown and Christopher Birch.

His most popular tracks include Paper Loving, Reggae Road Block, Mi Friend Dem, Na Na Na and Chill Spot.

Martin’s imminent tour of Zimbabwe is another proof of Harare’s popularity among Jamaican stars.

Several high-profile 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.

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