Historic Bob Marley commemorations gig billed for Mutare’s Motoring Club

The legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley.


Ngoni Dapira

THE countdown for a historic Bob Marley commemoration concert slated for May 13 in Mutare at Motoring Club has begun.

The tribute show will for the first time headline Mutare born artistes who will share the stage for the first time. Among the headliners will be the reggae and Afro-fusion German based artiste, Finton Mumbure, popularly known as I-Finton and the former Assegai Crew founding band member Brian Nhanhanga and his sensational Too Open band based in Harare.

Other main acts will be the budding song bird Memo Chinamasa, Zimdancehall chanter Robert Tondoya better known as Tony-D of the Awuya Wuya fame and Flexo Musharukwa among many other local acts lined up.

Memo and her band Antique.
Memo in action will her band during a show in Harare.

On the disc jockey line up veteran reggae and old skool club disc jockey, DJ Ranga (also known as the Godfather) as well as Leonard Tsikira popularly known as DJ Lampy, the thrilling reggae and Zimdancehall guest DJ from Manicaland’s Diamond FM radio station, will have top billing at the show on the turntables, backed by many other local DJs.

Speaking to I-Finton in Germany through Whatsapp on Wednesday, he said the show was not only about celebrating the legendary Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley, but above all it would also be about celebrating Mutare’s own shinning music talents, from the budding to the seasoned artistes.


I-Finton and his band the Kalabash have been doing very well in Germany. His latest reggae single track ‘Missing You’ early this year landed on Number 2 on Artistify Chats, an online voting platform for artistes in Germany.

“We did not get prominent names to perform because we want this show to be a proudly Manicaland artistes concert and for the first time staging our own big concert at home. I really hope people back home will support in big numbers and show love to us as one of their own. Most of us (musicians) performing are Mutare born but we are all-over doing what we love best, our music, but we have not forgotten home as charity should begin at home,” said I-Finton.

He said the 10-days countdown was meant to create hype for the internationally celebrated commemorations. Bob Marley Commemoration gigs have become part of Zimbabwe’s entertainment calendar every May.

The late Jamaican musician remains important in the history of Zimbabwe because of his performance at the 1980 Independence celebrations where he sang his song “Zimbabwe”, a tribute to Zimbabwe’s liberation.

Born on February 6, 1945, the singer and song writer passed away in 1981 in May, a year after he graced Zimbabwe Independence celebrations at Rufaro Stadium.

I-Finton said Bob Marley was commemorated world over because his songs spread peace and unity, ‘one love,’ which would be their theme.

“One love is important to grow as a nation or even as a one province. We need to support each other and this is what Marley would sing in songs like ‘Redemption Song’ urging us black people to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery.





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