Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
South Africa based music producer and songwriter, Mr Brown, will be under spotlight this festive season when he teams up with energy ‘goddess’ Makhadzi for a global tour.
Dubbed JamAfro Festival, the tour which is set to begin in Harare on December 18 at a venue to be advised, will also feature Jamaica’s most sought after diva Neelah.
UK based entertainment stables Digital One Entertainment and Negos Events management are behind the tour.
While the attention would obvious be on South African diva Makhadzi and Neelah, the Gweru bred entertainer Mr Brown – real name Lynol Siwela – will also be expected to represent Zimbabwe with pride.
After the Harare leg, JamAfro Festival organisers say, the trio heads to London for another bash on April 21 before taking on amapiano lovers in Birmingham on April 30.
On May 1, they round up the UK tour with a show in Manchester.
Afterwards, the trio is expected to hold two in the US starting with New York on May 7 before wrapping up the global tour on May 8 in Dallas, Texas.
Although the attention would be on Makhadzi and Neelah, show spokesperson Boniface Jana told H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle that it was high time Zimbabweans celebrate their sons and daughters plying their trade in foreign lands.
“We looked at all the artistes and from our survey we opted for Makhadzi, Mr Brown and Neelah to headline the Zimbabwe shows but when we go to UK and the US we will have the Ugandan Diva Winnie Nwagi.
“So it will be South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Jamaica unleashed on the UK fans, proper African festival,” he said.
Jana also hailed Mr Brown for his creative edge and vowed to promote more artistes who have settled well in foreign lands.
“Mr Brown is big in SA and in Southern Africa. Amapiano is a gene that has taken Africa and the world by storm and just wait for the 18th of December you will see how popular he is.
“Our artists based abroad are very important as they are ambassadors and if you see what Brown has done, it’s a lesson to anyone no matter where you are you can excel as long as you are determined,” he said.
He however said they were still working on modalities to finalise the Harare venue.
“We are finalising the details of our venue in Zimbabwe and contracts with our local artists.
“The original venue we had booked tend to be inadequate considering the response from the public.
“Once we finalise this asap then we will release all the information about the festival and the ticket sales,” he said.
Jana who has done collaborations with Digital One Entertainment boss Luther Pazvakavambwa said they believe in synergies.
“We had the popular Summer Fiesta in the UK that happens yearly and our last show before Covid-19 was with Jah Prayzah; Suluman Chimbetu and the East African giant, Diamond Plutnumz.
“So since Covid seemed to be easing up and live shows opening up, we decided to go a step further and do a world tour dubbed JamAfro Festival. Jamaica meets Africa.
“It’s a brain child of the partnership with have with Cahban Rekords of Jamaica that we work together to bring African artists and their Caribbean counterparts,” he added.