Anthony B heads to Zim

Jonathan Mbiriyamveka

HARARE – Jamaican star Anthony B is heading to Zimbabwe for a concert scheduled for the Glamis Stadium in Harare on June 23 as part of Star FM’s 5th anniversary celebrations.

The show which is organized jointly by Star FM, a leading urban radio station owned by Zimpapers, and award-winning promotions company 2Kings Entertainment will also see local acts on stage.

On the line up are some of the heavy hitters in the likes of Winky D, Jah Prayzah and Soul Jah Love as well as DJ Templeman and selector Garry B.

This is the first time that the radio station has gone all out to partner a promotion company to mark their anniversary.

And expectations are high that the show will be lit despite the chilly weather sweeping across the Southern Africa.

Winky D, who is riding high with his latest album “Gafa Futi: Extra Terrestrial” is known for upstaging foreign acts but it remains to be seen whether he will be up to the task.

Added to this, Jah Prayzah is fast penetrating the region through his collaborations with the likes of Diamond Platinumz from Tanzania and the South African pop group – Mafikizolo. His presence is expected to bring a continental flair.

Soul Jah Love is one of the talented dancehall acts to emerge from Zimbabwe. His lyrical prowess has seen him scaling dizzy heights with most of his songs becoming instant hits.

Songs such as ‘Pamamonya Ipapo’, ‘Hove Huru’ and ‘Ndini Uya Uya’ quickly come to mind.

Anthony B was born Keith Blair on March 31, 1976, in Trelawny Parish, Jamaica and is a member of the Rastafari movement.

He adopted Rastafari movement beliefs as a teenager, a decision not well received by his family.

The stubborn and determined Anthony B refused to give his new religion and dreadlocks up, opting to move in with his aunt and uncle in the Kingston suburb, Portmore.

He is a member of the Bobo Ashanti branch of the movement.

“Bobo Dreads”, as they are known, are recognisable by their long robes and turbans.

The strong Afrocentric pride and the other Rastafarian beliefs (or “overstandings” as Rastafarians prefer to call them) are reflected in his songs including “Fire Pon Rome”, “Raid Di Barn” and “Rumour” to mention a few.

June 2017
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