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Sean Kingston craze has reached fever pitch in Zimbabwe

by Byo24Entertainment
19 Apr 2011 at 04:21hrs | Views
Its two days to go before the much hyped Sean Kingston concerts and the craze has reached fever pitch with local artistes on the bill promising one hell of a party.

Dancehall prodigy Winky D real name Wallace Chirumiko, who is scheduled to perform at the Glamis Stadium alongside Kingston, has promised his fans another mind-blowing performance.

Speaking through his manager Jonathan Banda, Winky D, said he was ready to share the stage with Kingston and urged his fans to come in their numbers.

R&B songstress, the inimitable Cindy Munyavi, was equally enthusiastic about the gig.

Cindy, as her fans affectionately call her, said she has a surprise for her legion of fans, which will be spiced up by one international cover.

Stunner, another drawcard on the line-up, promised his fans something different.

"I just finished working on a couple of songs and fans should look forward to them. I am hoping to put up one of my best gigs to date," Stunner said.

The United Kingdom-based duo of Bkay and Kazz of the "See You at the Top" fame will be rocking the crowd like they did at last year's Harare International Festival of the Arts.

According to Clint Robinson of C&A Entertainment, the organisers of the concerts, all was set for the concerts.

Sean Kingston will arrive at the Harare International Airport tomorrow at 9.20pm and a welcome party will be held at the Fusion Nightclub in Borrowdale the same day. There will be a Press conference for local artistes tomorrow and Kingston will meet the media on Thursday at 10am at Joina City where he will also meet his fans.

On Friday morning he will do sound check at the Celebration Centre for his evening show.

Who is Sean Kingston?

Kingston was born on February 3, 1990 in Miami, Florida and moved to Kingston, Jamaica when he was six. He attended high school in Ocho Rios. His grandfather by marriage was the noted Jamaican reggae producer Lawrence Lindo, who worked under the stage name Jack Ruby. At age 11, Kingston spent 21 days in jail for breaking and entering, and Kingston lived in a car while his mother was incarcerated for identity theft.

Sean Kingston was discovered through MySpace by Tommy Rotem at Beluga Heights, and signed to the label in a partnership deal with Sony. Beluga is a label notable for its focus on discovering and developing artists.

In a venture between Epic Records and Koch Records, Kingston recorded and released the single "Beautiful Girls" in May 2007. The single, based on the bass line and lyrical "association" of the 1961 hit "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King, reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and topped the UK Singles Chart along with many other international charts. Similarly, the song "Me Love" samples the main hook out Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Mak'er", from their 1973 album Houses of the Holy. The song also debuted at number one in Australia, where it knocked off Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry", which had been at number one for nine weeks. The song stayed on the Canadian Hot 100 number one spot for over six weeks before getting knocked down to third place by the Plain White T's. "Beautiful Girls" remained at number one in Canada longer than any other song in 2007. In 2007, Kingston was the opening act for Gwen Stefani's The Sweet Escape Tour and for select dates on Beyoncé's The Beyonce Experience Tour. Since Sean is a Jamaican singer, he got his stage name "Kingston" from the capital of Jamaica called Kingston, Jamaica. Which lead him to having the stage name "Sean Kingston".

The album Tomorrow was released on September 22, 2009. Big-name producers involved in the album included former Fugee Wyclef Jean; RedOne (of recent Lady GaGa fame); plus Sean's original mentor, J.R. Rotem. So far, the singles "Fire Burning", and "Face Drop" have been released. Additionally, five promotional digital singles were released leading up to the album.

According to Sean Kingston, he is already working on his next album. The lead single was confirmed to be "Dumb Love". It is still possibly a future single will be released with a music video, however this has not been confirmed. The song is also featured in a episode of The Suite Life on Deck which Kingston guest starred on. The album will also feature T-Pain, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Wyclef Jean, Akon and Dr. Dre. The first single from the album is "Eenie Meenie" featuring Justin Bieber, released on March 23, 2010, which is also included on Bieber's My World 2.0 album. This collaboration with the young star has been the source of much disapproval from the rap community. The second single from the album is "Letting Go (Dutty Love)", which features a verse from Nicki Minaj. It was released on iTunes August 3, while the third is "Dumb Love" and was released on iTunes September 8. Sean Kingston's new song "She Moves" samples Irena Cara's "What a Feeling" from the film Flashdance. This has not been release as a single. A fourth single "Party All Night (Sleep All Day)" was released on December 21, 2010. The song leaked online in December of 2010. The music video has already been shot. The video was released on December 23, 2010. Sean said this would be the song of the new year.

Kingston represented the continent of America to sing the Official Theme Song of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, Everyone. He collaborated with four other international artists representing their continent, South African Jody Williams representing Africa, Singaporean Tabitha Nauser (Asia), British Steve Appleton (Europe), and Australian Jessica Mauboy representing (Oceania). However, Kingston was unable to attend, the Singapore Youth Olympics 2010 opening ceremony, due to passport mix ups.


Source - Byo24Entertainment