With a few weeks left before Jamaican dancehall star Capleton comes to Zimbabwe, Red Rose Entertainment has embarked on a series of talent search competitions in different suburbs as a build-up to the show.
Twelve artists have already been identified from the competitions. Known as “Passa Passa Ghetto Tour Countdown”, the talent scouting sessions are in their seventh week. Red Rose, organisers of the event, said they decided to hold the competitions as the show was not only about Capleton but it was also about promoting local talent in Zimbabwe.
“The Capleton show is not all about Capleton but it’s also for the youths. We need to promote our youths and we want to take reggae and dancehall to a higher level, because most youths are taking it seriously,” said the organisers’ spokesperson, Tawanda Chingara.
He added that every weekend, they travelled to different suburbs with established musicians like Sniper, Guspy Warrior, Jiggaz, Dadza D and Ricky Fire, who perform for the crowds. The fans are then given a chance to imitate these artists or do their own performances.
They also got an opportunity to showcase their abilities as DJs and MCs. Eventually, people vote for their favourite and two are chosen to represent their suburbs at the final competition, due to be held next month.
At the finals which will be held at the Aquatic Complex, Chitungwiza in Harare on January 1, 2011, one winner will get a fully sponsored recording contract from Red Rose Entertainment.
So far, these competitions have been held in Mufakose, Glen Norah, Glen View, Mbare, Mabvuku and Highfield.
Capleton is scheduled to perform in Zimbabwe this festive season alongside Zimbabwe dancehall artists.
He is coming with a full band of 11 members, including his engineer and a chef.
The gig has been slated for Glamis Stadium at Exhibition Park (formerly Harare Showgrounds).
Capleton, better known as King Shango, will be the sixth reggae/dancehall star to visit Zimbabwe in recent years after Luciano, Maxi Priest, Sizzla, Sean Paul and King Sounds.