The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) who are responsible for promoting tourism in the country, have given Botswana’s Naledi Kaisara, popularly known as Slizer, the green light to record an album about Zimbabwe.
ZTA chief executive Karikoga Kaseke said they had approved Slizer’s proposal.
“We gave Slizer the go-ahead to record songs for Zimbabwe. We have also assisted her with all that she requires for the project and she will compose songs to promote Zimbabwe as a (tourism) destination through her songs,” said Kaseke.
The musician was already visiting the country’s tourist destinations to see which areas she could include on her upcoming album on Zimbabwe.
“Slizer will tour the majestic Victoria Falls, Masvingo, Bulawayo and Hwange, among other resorts, to get a fine view of the country especially the tourist destinations. She has already had an opportunity of touring the Heroes’ Acre,” said Kaseke.
Slizer thanked the people of Zimbabwe for the love and support saying she was returning the favour by singing about them.
“Zimbabwe is my other home and even the people of Botswana know that. Where you are loved, you have to give back to that community and I am proud to sing about Zimbabwe,” she said.
The artist said she had deep love for Zimbabwe as most of her songs and performances acknowledge the country.
“I did the proposal alone and the album is a special project from me to Zimbabwe so I am not planning on partnering with anyone. But I will not turn down Zimbabwean artists who might approach me for a collaboration,” said Slizer.
Kaseke said he hoped Slizer’s songs would assist in changing the negative perceptions of many people around the world towards Zimbabwe.
“There is a lot of negative publicity about Zimbabwe out there and I hope her songs will change the thinking of many,” he said.
Meanwhile, ZTA also announced its plans of bringing leading Jamaican reggae musician Jah Cure to Zimbabwe under ZTA’s celebrity host programme which saw artists such as Joe Thomas, TOK and Brick and Lace performing in the country.
“We are still negotiating on payments with Jah Cure, but he is likely to agree as we want him to lower his fee, which he seems to be agreeing with as he understands our country,” said Kaseke.
He added that they had already put aside a $20 000 budget for Jah Cure and his crew.
“We bring in international artists so they get to know more about the country and hopefully preach the good word about the country when they go back to their countries,” said Kaseke.
If Jah Cure comes, he will perform at ZTA’s Tourism Night which runs during the Sanganai/Hlanganani Travel Expo.
Over the years, artists such as Ringo Madlingozi, Luciano and Mafikizolo have performed at the event.
The musician is popularly known for his hit tracks including Never Find, Call On Me, Miles Away, Tell Me How Come, Love Is and Unconditional Love, which are very popular locally.