Morgan Heritage ready to dazzle

HARARE - Jamaican reggae group Morgan Heritage has promised to deliver a memorable performance at Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) tonight.

The internationally-acclaimed group’s Harare gig, is its first ever in Zimbabwe, is part of its African tour dubbed “Strictly Roots Africa” which will also take them to Kenya, Uganda and Reunion.

“Performance wise, if you have seen us perform on television or the Internet, we are going to give you ten times more,” said Roy “Gramps” Morgan, during a press conference in Harare on Thursday.

The Morgan Heritage vocalist and instrumentalist, however, conceded that a perfect performance can never be guaranteed.

“We will do our best but the problem is fans look at artistes in an immortal way, but at times they will be having a bad day. We performed with the great Mariah Carey; she was not having a great night but she is a seasoned musician,” he said.

Gramps added the famed Jamaican reggae family was looking forward to performing alongside Winky D and music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi in tonight’s concert being organised by 2 Kings Entertainment.

“I am looking forward to seeing Oliver Mtukudzi perform as I saw him perform in America. I am also looking forward to seeing Winky D whom I have a heard a lot about,” he said, adding Zimbabwe will always be a favourite destination for Jamaican musicians.

“It is every Jamaican’s dream to visit Zimbabwe. Bob Marley even dedicated a song to this country,” he said.

Peter “Peetah” Morgan, who also attended the press conference, said they were happy to be on African soil.

“We don’t pay attention to what the West says about Africa. We want to see it for ourselves.

“A lot of people do not realise how beautiful Zimbabwe is, how developed it is. They think Africa is a country, yet it is a continent,” Peetah said.

Apart from Peetah and Gramps, Morgan Heritage, widely regarded  as the royal family of reggae, includes Una Morgan, Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan and Mr Mojo.

Morgan Heritage has maintained their status as one of the leading reggae bands since their formation in New York in 1994.

Popular songs by Morgan Heritage include, Inna Dem Ting Deh, Brooklyn and Jamaica, Down by the River, Liberation, Live Up, Tell Me How Come, Nothing To Smile About, She’s Still Loving Me and Hail Rastafari.

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