Internationally acclaimed female reggae artiste Alaine Laughton and the famous dancehall group Touch of Klass, better known as TOK, are set to rock the local dancehall circuit in February next year.
Dancehall lovers can expect an overdose of romance as dancehall outfit TOK and reggae songbird Alaine are set to perform in the country at a Valentine’s Day celebration show dubbed The Love Letter Concert, on February 12.
“The show will be part of the first-time initiative by a group called Africa Entertainment Worx (AEX) to rebrand the country, not only to the rest of the world but Zimbabwe as well,” said AEX chief executive officer Michael Hill.
The show is scheduled to take place at the Harare International Conference Centre and tickets will be available soon in four categories, silver, gold, platinum and diamond.
Hill said this would be their first time to host an event with international acts and it would also be the artistes’ first time to perform in the country.
“Preparations for the show are already at an advanced stage as the contracts have already been signed and AEX are inviting sponsors to pitch in order to ensure a positive show experience and to make this the best show of 2011,” said Simbarashe Kakora, AEX chief operations officer.
He said they were negotiating the possibility of bringing more artistes for the same event including renowned ragga artiste Wayne Wonder and his wife Tammi Chynn.
Alaine made her breakthrough in 2005 with her single, No Ordinary Love, on Don Corleon’s Seasons Riddim and since then, she has been topping charts with songs like Deeper, Sacrifice, Chaka Chaka Love and Love Sound, a duet with Beres Hammond.
“The second act, Jamaican songtress Alaine Laughton, or simply Alaine, has managed to outlast her female dancehall counterparts and is known for such hits as Love, Loud and Clear, If I Give You Love and Without You,” said Kakora.
TOK is a dancehall group consisting of Alistaire “Alex” McCalla, Roshaun “Bay-C” Clarke, Craig “Craigy T” Thompson, and Xavier “Flexx” Davidson and are best known for such hits like Footprints, Gal You Ah Lead, Chi Chi Man and Eagles Cry.
Chi Chi Man in particular is controversial for its lyrical attacks on homosexuality, which many have claimed incite violence against people who practice it.
“We believe we have a role to play in being ambassadors of our own in creating a better Zimbabwe and we have decided to do this through entertainment,” said Kakora.