By Kenneth Matimaire – ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s leading entertainment powerhouse – C&A Entertainment – is once again set to host another famous Jamaican dancehall act, Movado on December 16 this year. C&A Entertainment boss, Clint Robinson had earlier on indirectly confirmed the show to Shout-Africa saying, “We have another Jamaican big star coming in. I promise you, it’s going to be massive. I cannot reveal the name at the moment. We will reveal the details shortly.”
The revelations were then made by Godfatha Templeman – a local prominent reggae-dancehall fireman on behalf of C&A Entertainment. He broke the news during a concert of Jam Rock’s old-timer and prolific hitmaker Mr Vegas, which was organised by C&A Entertainment. The electric show was held at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) located within the majestic five star hotel – Rainbow Towers on November 4 (last Friday). “Zimbabwe I would like to inform you that C&A Entertainment will be bringing Movado here on December 16…,” said Templeman amid loud cheers
Zimbabwean fans have been previously disappointed by some dodgy promoters who sinisterly use big names to draw large crowds. Such can be said about the ZARfest concert where American producer/rapper Timbaland failed to pitch up and Jamaican reggae chanter Beres Hammond who was no where to be found at the Delta Beverages annual Lion Larger Beer Festival last month.
However, the driving force behind C&A Entertainment guaranteed the Rasta nation in Zimbabwe that, “I will never tell you that I’m bringing someone that I’m not.” He added, “If I say I’m bringing an artist (Movado), that artist will surely be coming to Zimbabwe because I have my guy who goes to link up with them whether its US or Europe and will fly with them. From point of departure, he sends me a message, ‘Clint we’re taking off from Amsterdam, Clint we’re in Dubai.’ So I know every stage of the journey, even if there is an issue. Whether they miss a flight or delay of some sort, I’m able to address anybody.”
With his credible track record after hosting several successful international concerts featuring Jamaican top acts, local dancehall lovers will definitely have to start counting down to the grand event. The success of the Mr Vegas concert beefed up Robinson’s resume which boasts of several other international shows. He previously hosted American based Jamaican artiste Sean Kingston twice in Zimbabwe (and once in Malawi) in June, and dancehall kingpin Elephant Man who gave an energetic performance in August, this year. Such a track record has made C&A Entertainment a cut above other promotional companies such as Yedu Nesu, Shumba Instrumentation, Red Rose and World Class Entertainment. It has since become the most sourced after promotional company by artists from the Caribbean Islands.
The hands on promoter said they are beginning to earn the respect of the international community due to their past “successful” shows. “Now we are beginning to get the respect not just in Zimbabwe. We are getting the respect internationally. Jamaican artistes are sending us e-mails on request saying can you think about us coming to Zimbabwe. Now we are getting the choice to say yes or no. So yeah, we are getting the respect. C&A (Entertainment) right now I would say is the biggest promoter in Zim. We are the first promotional company to do four international shows and we are moving to five after the next show (Movado’s),” he said adding that Mr Vegas show came about after Elephant Man spread the word about how much Zimbabweans loved dancehall. Said Robinsons, “Elephant Man was telling Mr Vegas that ‘hey Zimbabwe rocks. Zimbabwe is the place for dancehall. It is now the dancehall hub of Africa’.”
Over the past couple of years Zimbabwe has hosted a cocktail of international stars, Jamaicans leading the pack. Jamaican heavies such as Sizzla Kalonji, Capleton, Beenie Man, Touch of Klass (TOK), Sean Paul, Cocoa Tea, Fantan Mojah, Lutan Fyah, and Brick & Lace amongst notable others, have all performed in Zimbabwe.