American singer, producer, songwriter, actress and rapper Mary “Mary J” Jane Blige is expected to touch down at Harare International Airport on Friday night ahead of her one- off show to be held Saturday evening at the Jaggers Warehouse in Msasa, Harare.
Tinopona Katsande, spokesperson for promoters Impeccable, said Mary J will arrive Friday night and visit one of the safe houses for abused women in Zimbabwe on Saturday.
“On Saturday, Mary J will visit one of the homes where abused women in Zimbabwe reside as she wants to meet and interact with them. She will share her stories with them and try to assist them,” said Katsande.
She said Mary J was passionate about helping other abused women as she was also a victim of abuse.
Through the musician, some women have managed to solve their problems with their husbands while others have successfully managed to walk away from abusive relationships.
The star will also go on a tour of Harare where she will visit areas such as the Heroes’ Acre and Mbare. Mary J has committed herself to portray Zimbabwe as she would have experienced it and will use her perceptions of the country for an Oprah Winfrey interview early next year.
Footage of her stay in Zimbabwe will also be used during the show.
Mary J is a woman who has infused her manifold troubles into her music, simultaneously offering solace to listeners and healing her own wounds.
Blige’s music makes self-help-speak come alive to the extent that it might actually fulfil its purpose and help people.
According to Mary J’s website, her own struggles with drugs, alcohol and abusive relationships are all in the past. She started her musical career in 1992 and starred in several movie roles.
She has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.
Her ninth and current studio album, Stronger with Each Tear, was released in December last year and she is still working on her tenth album with Ne-Yo, Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z, Salaam Remi and Ryan Leslie.
Meanwhile, tickets for the show to be held on Saturday are already being sold at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority offices, Joina City-Croc Rock shop, Helensvale Spar and Avondale Spar. Standard tickets are being sold for $30 and VIP tickets are going for $60.
Katsande said no VIP tickets would be available at the gates so people were advised to purchase the tickets in advance.