Tickets for the much anticipated King Sounds gigs in Harare will only be available at the venues’ gates on the specific show days as the organisers, Emperor Productions, seek to counteract the possible counterfeiting of tickets.
King Sounds, as Jamaican reggae artist Roy Plummer is popularly known, will touch down in Harare from Kingston Friday ahead of two shows scheduled for Spillway Pub & Restaurant and Muzinda Highway Xscape on November 27 and December 4.
A marketing consultant with Emperor Productions, Pardon Nyamurundira, told NewsDay that from their observation of past high-profile gigs graced by international stars, tickets, including those with security features, had been fraudulently reproduced and sold at cheaper prices.
“We are being cautious. So there are no advance tickets. All tickets will be sold at the gate. We have learnt from others so we want to avoid the fraudulent production and sale of tickets,” he said.
He assured reggae lovers that they were putting in place a water-tight security system with the assistance of the police.
“There will be a big contingent of security officers and we are working with the ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police), whose manpower will be utilised at both shows,” he said.
“There will also be private security and personal protection for King Sounds.”
Nyamurundira said the shows will offer a golden opportunity to fans, especially the older generation, “to reminisce on the old times while educating the young”.
He added that they were also making transport arrangements so that fans would be ferried from designated pick-up points in the central business district.
Some institutions, he said, had approached them with requests to have the reggae icon perform for them, but the arrangements were yet to be finalised.
He said fans should expect fireworks at the show, dubbed “Spill Sun Splash”, adding that the Spillway Pub was a spacious place that would afford the fans a chance to mix and mingle with the artist.
Local reggae outfits, the Transit Crew, Legendary Sound and Judgment Yard, among others, have since been roped in as supporting acts to the Jamaican artist who is coming back to Zimbabwe for the fourth time.
He was here in August 1982, 1987 and 1995.
Also known as “Don Gadda”, King Sounds kick-started his career in the 1970s and went on to establish a solid music career, on the basis of which another prominent reggae icon, Alton Ellis, went on to christen him King Sounds in 1973 after their exceptional joint show.