Jamaican reggae star and cultural ambassador Patrick George Anthony Barrett a.k.a Tony Rebel is set to land at the Harare International Airport this Wednesday.
The Fresh Vegetable hit maker, who is set to perform at Shoko Festival Friday night, will arrive at 13.55 pm.
Shoko Festival spokesperson explains: “Key members of the Rasta community as well as reggae and dance hall artists and fans will be there to welcome the legendary artist.”
On Thursday night Red Fox Hotel will hold the musician’s welcome party where reggae menaces Mike Madamombe a.k.a Mic Inity and Nadine Brown will be playing with the Red Radicals band.
Red Fox Hotel director Robert Zhuwao says: “I urge reggae lovers to come in their numbers and give Tony Rebel a warm welcome to Harare.”
Tony Rebel is known for his roots-oriented dancehall style awash with social commentary. He is ranked in the same category as musicians such as Luciano, Beres Hammond and Garnett Silk.
He is the host of the Jamaican annual reggae extravaganza Rebel Salute, a two day cultural showcase which has attracted new age reggae artists such as Mavado, I-Octane Stephen and Damien Marley.
The Rebel Salute aims to reclaim the moral high ground once occupied by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh by playing cultural music which has been long forgotten.
The Welcome Party will start at 9 pm at the Red Fox in Greendale. Tickets are $5 before 11pm and $10 after.
Catch his Shoko show this Friday from 7 to 11pm on the Chiwoniso Maraire Mainstage, Waterwhirld, $10.