Jamaican singer speaks on fame

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Jamaican reggae singer Christopher Martin has challenged local musicians to be role models and act responsibly saying fame comes with a host of challenges, which require a sober and responsible mind.

BY WINStONE ANTONIO

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His free advice came at a time many local artistes were failing to handle the pressure associated with fame and have been embroiled in unending scandals and shameful acts, including violence at musical shows.

In an exclusive interview with NewsDay, ahead of his much-anticipated maiden Zimbabwean concert dubbed Together-As-One Live Concert tonight at Glamis Arena, in the capital, Martin said celebrities should be role models in their communities.

“The lifestyle of fame to some people, of course has come with some unexpected messes, but the important thing is discipline and for me fear of the Almighty has helped me to handle everything on and off the stage,” he said.

“I know a lot is expected from me as a role model for the young people especially, those who follows my music and challenges come every day, but discipline helps me to be exemplary so that I remain appreciated by the members of the society.”

Local artistes’ behaviour including recent events when Jah Prayzah attempted to use his status to skip paying toll fees and tried to evade police in the process, have fallen under public scrutiny and earned him the notoriety tag, bad publicity and criticism.

Such failure to handle fame have negatively affected the growth of the artistes’ brilliant and promising careers and was costing them endorsement deals with leading brands.

Some artistes in Zimbabwe have intentionally sparked controversy as a marketing stunt, with the likes of dancehall musician Lady Squanda faking her own death as part of hype ahead of her release of a song titled Rufu RwaSquanda in 2013.

This formula has been perfected by many United States of America musicians especially Hip-hop artistes including the late 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G, Biggie Smalls to hype up public interest for their works.

The Cheaters Prayer hit-maker said he does not believe in controversy as a publicity stunt to market his works.
“No to controversy for publicity stunt. I feel like it does not last, but substance is what last forever. Music and performance must do the talking not controversy,” he said.

Martin said he was inspired to sing love-themed songs because he was born on a day set aside internationally to celebrate love (February 14, 1987) Valentine’s Day, as well as his upbringing where he grew up listening to love songs.

Meanwhile, Martin, backed by his full band, have promised an energetic performance tonight as they share the stage with local artistes, Jah Prayzah, dancehall stars Winky D and Lipsy.

There will also be entertainment galore at the concert that will see several popular local sounds, among them Silverstone, Stone Love, Fyah Links, Legendary, Mighty Ducks, Stan Splash, Bodyslam, Digital One and Majestic 3 clashing before the main show.

About eight local female emcees led by Empress Christine have also been accorded the opportunity to perform at the concert.

One of the concert organisers Barbra Chikosi, known as Mama Red Rose on the showbiz scene said fans must buy tickets of the concert which are selling at $15 ordinary, $20 for VIP and $50 VVIP at officially recommended outlets among them Red Rose hair salons,

Coloursell Furniture branches, Sopranos Restaurant in Avondale and Hard Sounds Gulf Complex and Long Cheng Plaza Shop 143.

28 COMMENTS

  1. We are tired of these jamaican ghetos youths, we need variety. Look at other African countries, they bring in quality artists such as NICKI MINAJ, Drake, Rihana, Justin Bieber, Iggy Azzalia, Tydolla , Tamia, Maria Carey, Rick Rose, TyDolla Sign, among others while we rotate Jamaicans. Its too much now. We have low quality promoters who are too backward, stone age in thinking. You cant even compare to Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Togo, NIGERIA, Tanzania etc who always bring in top American Artists. And who is our next Jamaican artist?????

    • we dont do those foolish artist you are referring to. we do shows that give a return on the investment

    • Zimbabweans do not listen to the gays and lesbians you have mentioned above. That is utter rubbish and no one takes cognizance of it. I also doubt if you are really a UZ student. You are insulting the UZ alumni’ intellect.

    • who are those american idiots? Bring them if you wish , don’t push others to do it for you. Remember it’s a business thus being run by people who know what to trade in. Don’t expect Pick n Pay or OK to sell cars.

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  3. uz student uyo ari right here?Chris Martin ane message by far kupfuura illuminati list that he mentioned.go and hang my friend

  4. My point is these artists charge too much for a show..Then you wonder mari yaenda kupi imi mapa ma foreign artists!! Kozotiwo ma India nemaChina havaise mari mu bank and yet we are buying and using Chinese and Indian goods and services.

  5. i agree, with the UZ-Student, we need variety. I am not against Jamaicans but its like an overdose now. Try to mix at least so that it does not become monotonous. I have been in Ivory Coast in January for a University exchange programe. Some students were just curious to know why Jamaican artists frequent Zimbabwe so much like that. When they visit other African countries they do not have much appeal. They say we are still behind. But I believe music is music. Only that we sometimes need diversity.

    • 1)Ivory Coast is not an english speaking country 2)Even if they speak french its only a few since the literacy rate is very very low there. So going there to play reggae is a worst of time since there is a communication barrier already. Apart from language, it is a poor country-only a few can afford. So Jamaicans are on point when they say Ivorians are still behind.

  6. I cant say much in regard to who and who is best, but, truely speaking Zimbabwean music is doing well locally especially dance hall. But this dancehall is only ending up in the ghettos. On the African recently on the African charts its either Afro fusion, Rnb, House, or Hipop making waves. If you do not agree with me check on the newly Zambezi magic station, . Zimdancehall started well but later on voters from other Southern African countries outvoted Zimbos and only hipop, rnb and afro fusion tracks are now topping charts. All I am saying is diversity takes up forward

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  8. You may insult my comments out of emotions but I am just saying my views. You know it very well that Jamaicans while they have message in their music, South Africans Have message too, Chinese have message and Americans have message too. And for your information, Reggae or dancehall are not the most popular world genres although they are in top 5, first is hipop, rnb in that order. You cant dispute that because that is a fact. Also it is fallacious to argue that one who listens to hipop is a lesbian. Indeed it shows how backward such a line of arguing is.

  9. uz student uyo should be remaineded kuti those promoting these shows are in business&not to please any one.its not even suprising that they might not even enjoy jamaican music,but thats were their bread is buttered.hip hop might be big out there but reagge&dancehall dominates localy.inviting marasta u are guranteed of sucses,be it the show,the fun or the promoter.tese tofara not wat hapend with wizkid.we love reagge&please dont talk of it if its not yo bizness.big up maraster.

  10. zvese zvamurikutaura ndezvekupenga mapromoters enyu ngaanotora vakadzi 200 vastacker kuKuwait panekudaidza vafana veJamaica hapana zvitsva zvavanoimba takateererea raggea kare isusu.

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