Tawanda Marwizi Arts Correspondent
When the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority invited Jamaican artiste Luciano in 2007 the musician performed and he thrilled.
About eight years down the line, the musician relishes the show that left lasting memories in his career.Upon his arrival in the country yesterday ahead of the Friday show at Glamis Arena, the musician promised to usher a splendid show that will also leave lasting impressions.
He has a busy schedule ahead of the show, which begins tonight with a welcome party at Private Lounge where he will meet his supporting acts for the Friday show and fans.
The Herald Entertainment caught up with the musician just after his arrival in Harare and he opened up on several issues concerning dancehall music.
“I have come here to celebrate life through music and I can tell Zimbabweans that the show will be a memorable one,” he said.
The Messenger, as the musician is fondly known, urged local artistes to be united. “Artistes should not attack each other but unity should prevail among them. Music is a mission not competition,” he said.
For him, thinking outside the stage is one key aspect artistes should do.
“Generally musicians must be community builders and they should invest so that life goes on after stage,” said Luciano. He is a bitter man after his doctors advised him not to go outside Jamaica due to health problems forcing him to cancel gig that was scheduled for December last year.
“My doctors advised me not to travel outside Jamaica because there was Ebola outbreak and I was taking medication on a yellow fiver forcing me to cancel the tour. I really wanted to perform but that was beyond my control,” he said.
His love for the country is evidenced by the collaboration he is working on with Dhadza D.
He said artistes should negotiate well with promoters so that they do not get peanuts for shows.
“Musicians should just know the principles of business so that these matters are addressed with knowledge,” he said.
Upon his arrival he was greeted with local artistes Jah Prayzah, Suluman Chimbetu, Tocky Vibes, Sniper and Dhadza D. Savanna Tobacco will also make their public unveiling of their brand ambassadors Jah Prayzah, Chimbetu, Tocky Vibes and Martin Sibanda on the same show.
Organiser of the event Patson Chimbodza of Chipaz promotions said all was set for the show. “We only wait for the day because everything has been set for the show,” he said.