RENOWNED Jamaican dancehall star Sheldon Campbell, aka Turbulence, is expected to touch down at Harare International Airport midday tomorrow for the much-awaited King of Dancehall gig set for Friday night.
Winstone Antonio,Own Correspondent
In a video clip posted on Youtube, the Real Warrior singer confirmed the tour and promised a sterling performance, saying Zimbabweans should brace for a big show.
“Greetings Zimbabwe, we will be at City Sports Centre on the 6th of December. Big up to dancehall. We will have a big show,” he said.
Tawanda Chingara of Red Rose Entertainment, who is organising the show, said they had lined up dancehall musicians from various ghettos in the country to clash with the Jamaican star.
Chingara said the hyped gig would feature an array of over 50 both renowned and upcoming dancehall artistes, including Seh Calaz, Kinnah and Soul Jah Love who will represent Mbare, while Jay C, Maffcat and Chattman will represent Kuwadzana.
Musicians from Chitungwiza will form one team featuring Guspy Warrior, Ricky Fire, Softaz and Kaplaz while Highfield will be represented by Shinsoman and also from Glen Norah, Jiggaz and Spiderman.
Other ghettos to be represented at the contest include Mabvuku, Warren Park and Budiriro, while some musicians will also come from other towns like Gweru, Bindura and Kwekwe.
“The females will also be well represented at the show with Lady Squanda headlining other performers like Lady B, Bounty Lisa and Angel Pee,” Chingara
On the turntables will be the likes of Templeman aka Godfather, DJ Garry B, Legendary Sound, Mighty Ducks, Judgment Yard, Red Fox Sound and Digital One, among others.
Chingara added that preparations for the gig were at an advanced stage and urged fans to desist from any forms of violence during the event.
“The gig is in a form of a clash among the local chanters representing their different ghetto suburbs, but we want to emphasise that the clash must not be personal, but professional for the love of the genre,” he said.
The overall winner will pocket R10 000, while the second and third runners-up will walk away R5 000 and R2 500 richer respectively.
Chingara, however, expressed disappointment with a number of other big names in the dancehall industry (names withheld) who refused to take part in the clash, saying that they no longer contested at dancehall clashes because they had become seasoned and mature performers in the genre.
“The show will still go on without those that refused to take part as we seek to promote and expose new and emerging talent by giving them a platform to showcase their musical talents.”