Award-winning Jamaican dancehall musician, DJ, actor and producer, Mavado (born David Constantine Brooks) is billed to perform in Zimbabwe on December 16 at the Harare International Conference Centre.
Organisers of the show — C&A Entertainment, who hosted Sean Kingston, Elephant Man, Liquideep and Mr Vegas — said Mavado would jet into the country on December 12.
Clint Robinsons, the face behind C&A Entertainment said: “Mavado will be backed by his band which will travel with him. A welcome party will be held for the artist and he will also have an opportunity to visit the ghetto and some orphanages.”
Mavado’s hit tracks include So Special, Gyal A Mad Ova, Money Changer, One By One, Give You My Everything, Unda Yuh Skirt, Fly Again, Come Into My Room, Delilah, Brown Bottle and Heart Beat.
Robinsons said they had learnt a lot from previous shows and would seal the loopholes noticed in preceding shows. He said they would improve security for fans and artists and ensure adequate provision of beverages.
“Although we can try and solve some of the problems, the level of an artist’s performance is beyond our control.
“The world over, a promoter cannot guarantee people of the artist’s performance because some days artists have good days and sometimes bad days, so it all depends on their mood,” he said.
The promoter said he would also try to assist by preparing a playlist for Mavado.
“After noticing that some revellers felt cheated by Mr Vegas’ performance when he failed to perform their favourite tracks, I have decided to suggest a playlist for Mavado with the core songs so he has an idea of fans’ expectations,” he said.
The organisers are still working on the local line-up of artists who will back Mavado.
The line-up will comprise of six to seven locals, with two of them being female dancehall artists and an unknown dancehall group.
Robinsons said his dream was to give people great shows and bring many more international artists.
“It’s not easy to host these shows. It’s quite expensive and at times you suffer losses. But it’s business and I have to go on because I want to reach a stage where I will give people a flawless show of international standards.
“I did my research and noticed that people were following dancehall music mostly, more so than any other genre.
If you go to any nightclub in Zimbabwe, you will see that Mavado’s music is popular in both high and low-density suburbs.”
Jamaicans have been flocking to Zimbabwe for the past two years because of the lure of US dollars which Zimbabweans don’t hesitate to spend on entertainment.
Information on the grapevine is two more musicians will be touching down in the country before year-end. So far Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano, Lutan Fyah, Fantan Mojah, Cocoa Tea, Beenie Man, Capleton, Sean Paul and King Sounds, among others, have perfomed in the contry.