Jamaican musician, Luciano, who is set to perform at the Zimbabwe Sunsplush at Glamis Arena on April 10, has promised his local fans a show to remember. The musician said he is ready to give fans the very best at the show, adding he would bring key members of his band for the visit. Organisers of the show said Luciano said he was happy to return to Zimbabwe after more than eight years.
“He is happy that he will be able to make it to Zimbabwe. He cancelled the tour in December last year after his government warned musicians against travelling to Africa because of the Ebola outbreak but he has Zimbabwe at heart. He promised a big show and an outstanding reunion with his fans,” said one of the organisers.
Luciano last performed in the country in 2007 after being invited by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
During the upcoming tour he will share the stage with Winky D, Soul Jah Love, Transit Crew and Sniper Storm at the Sunsplush that would also be a mixed bag as it doubles as a mega introductory party for Pacific Brand Ambassadors Suluman Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah, Tocky Vibes and Martin Sibanda of Ndolwane of Ndolwane Super Sounds.
Event organisers Chipaz Promotions said the mixed bag is likely to produce a Sunplush with a difference.
“The unveiling of Pacific ambassadors Sulu, Jah Prayzah, Tocky and Martin is a big event on its own but it will become a mega function because Luciano is gracing the Sunplush. We are likely to witness an event with a difference because we will have many genres on one stage,” said Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions.
“If he had come last year for the Sting event, Luciano would have performed for mainly young music fans because of the nature of the function and supporting artistes. Now, he will perform for audiences of various music tastes and the show is also good for mature listeners that follow his music.
“Our partnership with Savanna Tobacco will obviously yield a memorable affair that is likely to leave lasting impressions. Fans and artistes alike will have a memorable event.”
He said they had maintained the reggae/dancehall theme in their show and termed it Sunsplush, because reggae and dancehall musicians would celebrate with their counterparts from other genres that have been trusted with marketing Pacific brands.
However, the main focus will inevitably be on Luciano, who has not been on a local stage for about six years.
Born Jepther McClymont, Luciano began recording in 1992, with his first single “Ebony & Ivory” on the Aquarius Record label, followed by his debut album “Moving Up” in 1993.
According to his official biography, Luciano is the seventh of nine children and was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents while growing up in Davyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica.
After voicing several covers for the producer Sky High, Luciano released “Give My Love A Try,” which was produced at Castro Brown’s New Name Studio and was a hit in Jamaica.
It was there that Luciano met international reggae superstar Freddie McGregor. Joining McGregor’s Big Ship production company, Luciano began creating cultural, conscious reggae that reflected his religious and social concerns.
Luciano rose to prominence in the mid-1990s and he has been steadfast in his art over the years.
He has toured many countries and he did not hide his joy when he visited Zimbabwe and he should be looking forward to meeting his local fans again on the upcoming tour.