Talented Jamaican reggae and dance hall artist Lutan Fyah, real name Anthony Martin, who jetted into the country on Sunday for a performance at Kebab Centre in Harare on Friday has been warned not to short-change Zimbabweans during his performance.
Speaking to Fyah during a courtesy call at his offices, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Karikoga Kaseke warned the Jamaican musician not to give revellers a half-done cake on Friday.
“Lutan, make sure you do not execute a shoddy job here because Zimbabwean artists can embarrass international artists by simply outshining them,” said Kaseke.
He added that he had seen some international stars being outperformed by local acts after failing to deliver.
Early this year international artist Sean Kingston was outclassed by local musicians after he put up a lacklustre performance.
Fyah, who did not bring his band, will be supported by a local band, Chirwa Ites. Another Jamaican artist, Sizzla did a good job with Zimbabwe’s Transit Crew and it is highly likely that Chirwa Ites will not disappoint as they have rehearsed and mastered Fyah’s beats.
Mic Inity, Eyrah Mathazia, I Watta and I-Randu are some of the acts billed to perform at the event.
Fyah is planning to shoot a video for one of his hit songs Come Over in Zimbabwe.
According to one of the promoters, the video will be shot in the background of beautiful natural scenes and local models will take part in it.
The proposed video shoot was received well by Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi who said he was in full support of Fyah’s projects in Zimbabwe.
“My job is to dream and generate ideas. Fyah is driving the Zollywood dream as I want Zollywood to be a tag for the Zimbabwean entertainment, arts and culture industry. With people like Fyah who are willing to work with Zimbabweans, my dream will come true,” said Mzembi.
Fyah, once a football star, is also scheduled to donate balls to some rural areas in Zimbabwe. He will leave for South Africa on Saturday for shows scheduled there before returning to Jamaica.
Robert Zhuwao, one of the organisers of the show, said they decided to host Fyah in Zimbabwe since he was on a promotional tour of Africa.
“We found it wise for him to come to Zimbabwe so that local reggae music lovers benefit from his arrival in the region. We also want to have talks with him and initiate cultural exchange programmes,” he said.
Fyah’s visit follows the trek of fellow Jamaican artists like Capleton, Elephant Man, Brick and Lace, Luciano and Sizzla Kalonji, among others that have performed in Zimbabwe over the past couple of years.