Local artistes Sulumani Chimbetu, Winky D, Madiz and Stunner are set to perform with Jamaican reggae icon Beenie Man,real name Anthony Moses Davis, at the second edition of the Lion Lager Beer Festival scheduled for October 16 at Old Hararians Sports Club.
Madiz said he was honoured to rub shoulders with the top Jamaican star and promised his fans a top-drawer performance.
“It’s wonderful to perform with international artistes and it’s an honour.
I will not disappoint my fans and I will throw in new songs during my performance.
I am still mastering my act,” said Madiz.
The festival is hosted by Delta Beverages and is now in its second year.
The beer manufacturer’s marketing manager, Patricia Murambinda, told NewsDay preparations were now at an advanced stage.
Beenie Man, who is bringing a 13-member team, is expected to jet into the country next Thursday and he will work on his sound check on Friday.
He will be in the country until October 21.
Murambinda said the show was not just about music, as there would also be competitions and many other activities.
“There is going to be a clash of DJs, volleyball matches, tug-of-war and dance competitions.
This is a family event,” said Murambinda.
She said they were still arranging a tour of Zimbabwe for Beenie Man to give him a feel of what the country had to offer.
During the inaugural festival last year, DJ L-Roy won the clash of DJs and will be there to defend his title this year against other local DJs who will have been voted for by the public as Delta is currently running a Lion Radio programme every Friday where listeners vote for the DJ they think deserves to compete on October 16.
Delta has in the past brought into the country the Soweto String Quartet and Louis Mhlanga from South Africa.
Murambinda said their decision to bring in Beenie Man was to reward Lion Lager drinkers and buyers for their support.
“We decided to bring in Beenie Man because of the response we got from people at last year’s Beer Festival.
We decided to go a step further and spoil our supporters by bringing them the Jamaican artiste,” she said.