Jamaican dancehall star, Capleton, also known as King Shango has promised fireworks and urged Zimbabweans to gear up and prepare for his show which will be held on December 31 at Glamis Stadium in Harare.
In a telephone interview with NewsDay, Capleton said he was raring to go and could not wait to come to Zimbabwe as he had heard a lot about the country from Sizzla who has performed in Zimbabwe.
“I’ve heard a lot about Zimbabwe and I’m looking forward to my trip there. Sizzla told me a lot of stuff about Zimbabwe and I can’t wait to see it for myself,” said Capleton.
He urged his fans of all ages to come in their numbers as he has a wide repertoire. Capleton said he was also looking forward to collaboration with some of the local artists in Zimbabwe, so as to help them develop their music.
Capleton will be coming with a full band of 13 members including his engineer and chef. With 13 days left before the dancehall icon comes to Zimbabwe, Red Rose Entertainment, organisers of the Capleton show, have embarked on a series of events as a way of marketing the concert.
Tawanda Chingara, Red Rose spokesperson, said Capleton was going to arrive in Zimbabwe on December 22 in the afternoon and all fans were being invited to welcome him at the airport.
“We are inviting all Capleton fans to join us on the 22nd when we go to collect Capleton at the Harare International Airport. We have organised buses and those who are interested can come and board the buses at the Red Rose offices on the day,” said Chingara.
He added that a welcome party for Capleton had since been put in place and has been slated for December 24 at the Rainbow Towers.
On December 23, he will visit all Passa Passa venues and his fans will be given a platform to be photographed with him.
Only those with advance tickets will be allowed to take part in the photo shoot.
Capleton will spend his Christmas in Masvingo where he will make a club appearance at the Masvingo Liquid Lounge.
He will also embark on some charity work and then visit the Great Zimbabwe ruins on December 26 before returning to Harare on December 27. On December 28, he will tour Chitungwiza then Mabvuku on 29 December.
He will then attend his show on New Year’s Eve at the Glamis Stadium in Harare.
He will perform alongside Zimbabwean dancehall artists Winky D, Guspy Warrior, Lady Thanda, Ricky Fire, Sniper, Jiggaz, Eyarha, King Shady, Dadza D and Godfatha. Elder Trevor Hall, I-Watta, Junior Banton, Mannex, Miss Smuffet, Gary B, Inno T, and sound systems Alkebulani, Stereo One, Silverstone, Legendary Sound, Digital One and Africa A1.
Capleton will attend a farewell party on January 2 before returning to Jamaica.
He will be the seventh reggae/dancehall star to visit Zimbabwe in recent years after the likes of Luciano, Maxi Priest, Sizzla, Sean Paul, Beenie Man and recently, King Sounds.