ORGANISERS of the inaugural JamAfro Festival to be headlined by Makhadzi at Alex Sports Club on April 2, reckon the South African diva is a beacon of focus and sheer determination.
Raised in a humble background in rural Limpopo province, the energy ‘goddess’ has been a victim of hate, tribalism and betrayal over years.
However, Makhadzi has since silenced her foes by winning top awards and multiple endorsement deals.
With the countdown to the Harare musical fete having reached its fever pitch, event coordinator Boniface “Mhofu” Jana of Negos Entertainment believes local female artists can still learn one or a thing from her.
She is billed to share the stage with Jamaican’s hottest dancehall find diva Neelah an South Africa based producer-cum-musician, Mr Brown.
South African energy goddess Makhadzi, Zimbabwean born producer-cum-musician Mr Brown and Jamaica’s latest dancehall find Neelah we set to headline the even along with the locals.
Suluman Chimbetu leads an array of local acts set performing at the festival comprising Freeman, Nutty O, ExQ, Feli Nandi and Juntal, Mai TT, Etherton Beenie, Selekta Base and Banso.
“I am always in touch with Makhadzi who is ready to meet her fans in Harare on April 2.
“Of course she now has a busy schedule but she has started from the bottom.
“She is a hard working artists who I now amassing gongs having defied her poor background.
“She has been shamed on social media, belittled and ridiculed but today she represents the African girl child with pride,” he said.
“We need our locals to fully utilise people like Makhadzi and exchange notes with them.
“It’s never too late to learn from the best who have seen it all as is the case here.”
After the Harare leg, the event organisers are set to hold the same event in the UK where Ugandan diva Winnie Nwagi is also set to join the tour parading the best from Jamaica, South Africa, East Africa and Zimbabwe.
There are also plans to take the festival to the US with the event organisers courting new partners.