Visiting Jamaican dancehall star, Capleton better known as King Shango, has said music piracy could be good in its own way because “the more music people burn, the more the message reaches a wider audience.”
Addressing the media soon after his arrival Wednesday afternoon, Capleton said people also needed to look at the positive side of piracy.
“People are burning music daily and we can’t run away from that fact. Instead we should look at its positive sides because at least the music is reaching a greater audience, meaning the messages and lyrics in our music are being spread,” said King Shango.
He said he was in Zimbabwe to show love to his fans and spend quality time with them.
The dancehall star also said Rastafarians were often misunderstood when they spoke about lighting up places.
“When we talk about fire, we don’t mean that we want to go violating and burning places. What we mean is justice, peace, unity, people being real and standing up for themselves,” he said.
He encouraged youths to be disciplined, united and to keep their focus if they were to succeed.
Capleton is being accompanied by 12 band members, including his manager Claudette Kemp, his personal chef and engineer.
Upon arrival, his chef went to the local markets to look for Capleton’s food as he is a vegetarian.
Tonight, Capleton will be hosted at the Circus Nightclub in Harare for a welcome party. Speaking at a local hotel in Harare, King Shango said people should come prepared for his shows as he wants to light things up in Zimbabwe.
“Zimbabweans should gear up for the shows as they know the energy and fire that I have,” said Shango.
He also urged his fans to come in their numbers as his music caters for various tastes. Capleton said he was also looking forward to collaborating with local artists to help them develop their music.
The musician will spend his Christmas in Masvingo where he will make a club appearance at the Masvingo Liquid Bar.
He will also embark on charity work and then visit the Great Zimbabwe Monument on December 26 before returning to Harare on December 27.
On December 28 he will tour Chitungwiza followed by Mabvuku on December 29.
He will then attend his show on New Year’s Eve at the Glamis Stadium in Harare. Lastly Capleton will attend a farewell party on January 2 before returning to Jamaica.