Zimbabwe in the last two years experienced a flood of reggae and dancehall artistes as promoters rushed to cash in on the popularity of some of these artistes. With the introduction of the United States dollar in Zimbabwe, the foreign artistes found this country an attractive destination to do business.
Foreign artistes who have cashed in on performances in Zimbabwe from the beginning of 2010 include Sizzla Kalonje, Yassus Afari, Sean Paul, Akon, Lutan Fyah, Brick and Lace, Beenie Man, King Sounds, Capleton, Elephant Man, Mavado and lately Zahara to mention only a few.
THE annual New Jersey Awards takes place April 14 at the Prince Hall in Newark, New Jersey. Among the performers will be singers Richie Stephens, Natural Black and New Jersey lovers rock artiste Christopher Wallace aka Dr Love — a cousin of the late rapper, Notorious BIG.
In a recent radio interview, Dr Love promised to give it his all.
“This is one of the biggest platforms in the state for reggae artistes, so I plan to bring my A game and give fans a special treat,” he said.
Dr Love has built a reputation in the tri-state (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) area. He is again nominated in the Singer of the Year category, which he won two consecutive years. He lists Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Kenny Rogers, Willy Nelson, Percy Sledge, and Ray Charles as his biggest influences.
Dr Love's latest songs, What’s Wrong and the gospel-inspired Now I Am Strong, have been released in Jamaica.
Other new releases include I Know featuring Ras Emmanuel; Kiss Me Good Morning, Too Much Guns in The Streets and Can’t Stop Me From Loving You.
His famous cousin was also named Christopher Wallace but gained fame as the Notorious BIG and is arguably the most influential rapper ever. His parents are Jamaican.
SOURCE: Jamaica Observer