THE slowdown of things at Red Foxx, popularly known as The Home of Reggae — and the closure of Mannenburg and the Book Café was indeed a big setback to both upcoming and established reggae bands who are currently struggling to secure slots at entertainment joints.
BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
Crooner Mike Madamombe, affectionately known as Mic Inity, was not spared by the downturn that left many seeking greener pastures in a world where roots reggae has been overtaken by the genre of the moment, Zimdancehall.
Moreover, the influx of musicians in Harare has left a number of established performers taking their acts out of
Harare, a move meant to keep them afloat in Zimbabwe’s turbulent music industry.
The husky-voiced Mic Inity will this weekend trace back to his roots in Marondera to renew his romance with his legions of fans at a show to be held at Red Rat Outdoor.
This is the first time this year that the Survivor hit-maker has staged a show in his hometown.
The live instruments reggae show is going to feature Logun, Slash Tee and Roots Elements band.
Red Rat Outdoor proprietor Dunmore Mutyambizi told NewsDay that the return of the award-winning Mic Inity was a blessing to his legion of fans that have been starved of his music.
“This is a homecoming show coming after a while since he last played for his fans, friends and family in Marondera. It doesn’t get any warmer than that for both the artiste and us. As the adage goes, east or west, home is best.
“This Friday, it’s indeed a homecoming show for Mic Inity. He was born in this town and owes us a lot as far as live shows are concerned.
“More reggae artistes will be unveiled soon. My entertainment camp is bringing Mic Inity’s Survivor album which was launched on the January 23 2015 for the people in Marondera,” Mutyambizi said.
Currently, Mic Inity has slots at the Misty’s in Newlands, Harare, where he launched his new album — Survivor.
The album comprises hit tracks Song for Mama and Girl You Look Good.
Mic Inity was born in Marondera on January 23 1983.
Before taking his music career on a solo path, he was a lead vocalist with Transit Crew.