Mavado is billed to tear down the walls when he performs in Harare and Chitungwiza to a multitude of reggae crazy Zimbabwean who have always supported the Caribbean genre of music dating back to 1980 when Bob Marley sang a song called Zimbabwe.
The entry fees have been reduced to try and pacify fans who clearly were disappointed the last time he failed to turn up due to what promoters called a family bereavement.
Mavado was supposed to perform in Harare on December 16 but he failed to turn up prompting organisers to reschedule the performances.
International music promoter Robinson Clint of the C and A Entertainment said: We promise fans that 27 January is a year they cannot easily forget. We have word from the artist that he is coming here with music in his mind for the fans he loves just equally.
Mavado will be performing at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) and the following day he will take his music to the famous Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza,” said Robinson.
Robinson said promotional tickets are going for $5 and the promotion will only benefit the first 200 fans. The Chitungwiza concert costs $10, while the HICC show is costing $20.
As is the norm local artists will get a chance to perform at the same stage that Mavado will perfom . Freeman, Lady B, Godfatha, Lady Squanda, Sniper Storm, Guspy Warrior, Maninja Winky D will be showing the Jamaican based star the Zimbabwean way of performing.
Mavado is expected to arrive on January 25 in the company of seven band members who will be accommodated at the flamboyant Rainbow Towers Hotel in the capital.
In November 2009, Mavado lost out to Sean Paul for the Best Reggae Artist award at Soul Train Music Awards. He won the 2010 EME award for Male Singer of the Year.
In 2008 Mavado was given the prestigious UK MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.
In April 2010, Mavado starred as a gangster in Drake’s song Find Your Love for Drake’s album Thank Me Later
Mavado formed his own label, Mansion Records, in 2011, debuting with the single “Delilah”. Along with Bounty Killer, he has cited 2Pac as a childhood idol, comparing the late rapper’s life to his own.
In 2011, Mavado recorded with U.K. Grime artist Chipmunk on the track “Every Gyal”.
On 1 September 2011, Mavado appeared on the Angie Martinez show on New York’s Hot 97 radio station to announce that he had signed a deal with DJ Khalid’s record label We the Best.