Preparations for American rapper Sean Kingston’s shows to be held in the country over the Easter holiday have gathered momentum and organisers this week named local artists that will partner the young musician on stage.
Twenty-year-old Kingston is expected in the country on April 20 and his shows are slated for Celebration Centre and Glamis Arena on April 22 and 23 respectively.
The Celebration Centre gig is a special occasion for children and people above the age of 18 will not be allowed at the show.
Local artists billed to support the American rapper are Stunner, Cindy Munyavi, Winky D, Sanii Makhalima, Ill Ceey, BKay and Kaz.
Rakesh Patel, one of the organisers of the event, said they had included local artists to give the show a local touch as well as give the artists exposure on a stage featuring a popular international musician.
Artists such as Cindy and Winky D have had opportunities to perform with international artists.
Both staged good performances with Jamaica’s Beenie Man last year. Kingston will be met at the airport by Miss Teen Zimbabwe Nadine Hahn among other local celebrities.
Kingston will be accompanied by an entourage of eight and he will reside at the Meikles Hotel where superstars Akon and Sean Paul were booked when they came to perform in Zimbabwe last year.
The children’s concert is meant to kick off in the afternoon and local musicians will also perform at the event which will cost $50 per head.
Patel said the idea was to have a show where children would feel safe and where parents would be comfortable leaving their children.
He added that the decision to bring Kingston was because he was a young and upcoming musician who appeals to all ages and children would need to see the musician on stage in an environment specifically made for them.
At the Glamis Arena the outer circle (regular) will cost $20 while the inner circle (VIP) will cost $50. There are limited VVIP tickets which will cost $100.
Patel said the tickets to the show were already on sale at various designated outlets in the capital that include Mensons for Men, Joina City, Food World Supermakets, Sopranos, Kick Start, Meikles, Prince Edward School, Define Wear, Village Rock, Pearlites, Crocodile Rock and all Fedex outlets.
The organisers said they started preparing for the concert in October in order to try and improve the standards.
“We want to try and change the mindset of most Zimbabweans by encouraging them to buy advance tickets as this assists us in preparing for the show as it gives us an estimate of the people attending,” said Patel.
He also assured those who will attend the event that security would be their priority.
“We have learnt from the past negative experiences from other shows and we have beefed up our security.”
Plans are underway for welcome and farewell parties for the musician who will leave the country on April 24 for another show in Malawi.