Jamaican reggae musician King Sounds, who touched down at the Harare International Airport at the break of dawn on Friday, said Zimbabwe was very close to his heart and he was glad to be back for yet another performance.
King Sounds, whose real name is Roy Plummer, said proceeds of his latest album, Anthology, a compilation of his finest songs in a career spanning over 35 years, would go to a needy school.
“Proceeds from this album will go to children who need it the most,” he said.
“Every cent should go to that school.”
He encouraged Zimbabweans to buy the album, which he described as his “present” to Zimbabwe’s underprivileged children.
His shows are scheduled for the Spillway Pub & Restaurant and Pamuzinda Highway Xscape on November 27 and December 4 respectively.
The reggae icon, who runs a restaurant and wine bar in London, said he was in love with Zimbabwe and this was also indicated by the fact that this was his fourth time in Zimbabwe since the country’s independence.
The show was organised by Emperor Productions, who have since indicated tickets will be sold at the gates on the show days to avert possible counterfeiting.
He was donning a T-shirt bearing the image of US President Barack Obama and when asked about the significance, said: “I love this man. I love what he is doing and what he stands for.”
King Sounds said Rastafarianism was “love, peace and harmony”, not the wearing of dreadlocks, saying there were many Rastafarians who did not wear dreadlocks.
He said although he did not smoke, he was not against anyone who did, but urged people not to overdo it, saying over-indulgence in anything was abuse.
He urged reggae lovers to attend the show in their numbers.
King Sounds was accompanied by his personal assistant and musical director, Sister Valerie, but did not bring along his band.
He said he was satisfied that the local reggae outfit, Transit Crew, who will back him, were up to the task.
“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.