concerts with local artistes on the bill promising one hell of a party.
Dancehall prodigy Winky D, who is scheduled to perform at the Glamis Stadium alongside Kingston, has promised his fans another mind-blowing performance.
Speaking through his manager Jonathan Banda, Winky D real name Wallace Chirumiko, said he was ready to share the stage with Kingston and urged his fans to come in their numbers.
“This is one good opportunity to thrill our fans because they are the ones who encourage us to do what we do. We have one concert, which is confirmed and that is the Glamis Stadium gig and not the Celebration Centre.
“We believe there might be concerns over the issue but we just want to make it clear that we are featuring on April 23,” he said.
R&B songstress, the inimitable Cindy Munyavi, was equally enthusiastic about the gig.
Cindy, as her fans affectionately call her, said she has a surprise for her legion of fans, which will be spiced up by one international cover.
“I think people know the choreography and the music but the biggest surprise is that we are going to be doing one international cover and that’s something worth waiting for.
“There is going to be a lot of fun and the energy is going to be crazy,” she said.
Stunner, another drawcard on the line-up, promised his fans something different.
“I just finished working on a couple of songs and fans should look forward to them. I am hoping to put up one of my best gigs to date,” Stunner said.
The United Kingdom-based duo of Bkay and Kazz of the “See You at the Top” fame will be rocking the crowd like they did at last year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts.
According to Clint Robinson of C&A Entertainment, the organisers of the concerts, all was set for the concerts.
“Sean Kingston arrives at the Harare International Airport tomorrow at 9.20pm and a welcome party will be held at the Fusion Nightclub in Borrowdale the same day. There will be a Press conference for local artistes tomorrow and Kingston will meet the media on Thursday at 10am at Joina City where he will also meet his fans.
“On Friday morning he will do sound check at the Celebration Centre for his evening show.
“We have done everything possible and we want Zimbabweans to come and support us,” Robinson said.
According to Wikipedia, Kingston was born on February 3, 1990 in Miami, Florida, and moved to Kingston, Jamaica, when he was six.
He attended high school in Ocho Rios. His grandfather was the noted Jamaican reggae producer, Lawrence Lindo, who worked under the stage name Jack Ruby.
At age 11, Kingston spent 21 days in jail for housebreaking and lived in a car while his mother was incarcerated for identity theft.
Born Kisean Anderson, Kingston was discovered through MySpace by Tommy Rotem at Beluga Heights, and signed to the label in a partnership deal with Sony.
Beluga is a label notable for its focus on discovering and developing artistes. In an interview with HitQuarters label head and producer JR Rotem described this process with regard to Kingston:
In a venture between Epic Records and Koch Records, Kingston recorded and released the single “Beautiful Girls” in May 2007.
The single, based on the bass line and lyrical “association” of the 1961 hit “Stand By Me” ” by Ben E. King, was number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and topped the UK Singles Chart along with many other international charts.
Similarly, the song “Me Love” samples the main hook out Led Zeppelin’s “Dyer Mak’er”, from their 1973 album “Houses of Holy”.
The song also debuted at number one in Australia, where it knocked off Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, which had been at number one for nine weeks.
The song stayed on the Canadian Hot 100 number one spot for over six weeks before getting knocked down to third place by the Plain White T’s.
“Beautiful Girls” remained at number one in Canada longer than any other song in 2007.
In 2007, Kingston was the opening act for Gwen Stefani’s The Sweet Escape Tour and for select dates on Beyonce’s The Beyonce Experience Tour.
Since Sean is a Jamaican singer, he got his stage name “Kingston” from the Jamaican capital.