Rick Ross to Serenade Zimbabwean Hip Hop Fans with His Razzmatazz

Planned show has ignited heated debate and outrage over ticket price in the impoverished African state.
BY Ivan Zhakata

MULTI-Grammy award winner Rick Ross, real name William Roberts II, is expected to make his inaugural performance in Zimbabwe on 18 November 2022 at the Southern African country’s Harare International Conference Center (HICC) in its capital city of Harare.

 

The show organizers, ROAR Entertainment announced the news recently in a video shared on Instagram.

 

In the video, Rick Ross is captured saying, “I’m celebrating for you. You better get your tickets now. One time for the whole team. It’s the biggest boss!”

 

Tickets for the show have been on sale since July 15.

 

Speaking on the development, show organizers, ROAR Entertainment spokesperson Shaleen “Ms Shally” Nullens said this will be an event to remember and not to be missed.

 

“We’re really excited to have Rick Ross coming all the way to Zimbabwe for the first time ever to give fans a memorable and epic show! And all we can say is that this is a performance that fans cannot afford to miss,” said Ms Shally.

 

 

Rick Ross has worked with various big artists in the music industry including Mary J Blige, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, French Montana, and P Diddy among many others.

 

Rick Ross is also the founder of Maybach Music record label imprint, which is home to well-known artists such as Wale, Meek Mill, Omarion French Montana and more.

 

A total of 19 solo albums and three compilation albums have been released under the label. In 2006 he released his first studio album, Port of Miami, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, featuring the singles, “Hustlin” and “Push It.”

 

Since then, the rapper’s career has successfully grown and has seen him work with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

 

Ms Shally said there are only 4500 tickets available for Rick Ross’ show and they were being sold via the ROAR official website.

 

She said they were offering a wide variety of packages for concert goers with the General Access early bird tickets starting at US$50 per individual.

 

One would have to part with US$150 for an early bird VIP ticket. The early bird tickets will be on sale for these prices until the 31st of August.

 

There is also an option to pay as much as US$5 000 for a VVIP Premium ticket which will not only give ten people access but proximity to Rick Ross, 10 Bellaire Champagne bottles and tight security.

 

There are three rows for VVIP ticket holders. Tables 1 to 7 will be reserved for Premium VVIP ticket holders while tables 8 to 19 will be for Gold VVIP ticket holders.

 

Tables 20 to 24 will be reserved for Silver VVIP ticket holders.

 

 

The difference between the VVIP ticket holders apart from the money they will be forking out will be the amount of complimentary Bellaire Champagne bottles they will receive and their proximity to Rick Ross.

 

A VVIP Silver ticket will cost US$3000 while a VVIP Gold ticket will cost US$4000.

 

ROAR Entertainment is yet to announce the supporting acts for Rick Ross’ show in Zimbabwe.

 

Meanwhile, the announcement of ticket prices for the American rapper Rick Ross’ planned show has ignited heated debate and outrage.

 

Followers of showbiz matters expressed outrage on Facebook and Twitter over what they described as “ridiculously” high price of Rick Ross’s concert.

 

Some showbiz devotees said at a time money was scarce and thousands of people are starving, many would rather invest their meagre resources into their families’ “bread and butter”.

 

They said they would rather support local artistes rather than be ripped off by the concert organizers.

 

Local promoter Nigel Chinovhiringa, however, believes the ticket pricing is justified.

 

“It is only that people do not understand what it takes to bring such a big act to Zimbabwe,” he said.

 

“Let’s go and support so that the promoters are encouraged to bring more big acts to Zimbabwe which will be great for the entertainment industry.”

 

Renowned multi-instrumentalist and music producer, Clive “Mono” Mukundu said American artistes were very expensive to hire because they charge according to their economy.

 

“Well, in the United States of America tickets for big artists range from US$500 and the lowest being around $75,” he said, adding that at the same time they needed to strike a balance since Zimbabwe and America are totally different worlds.

 

 

Others were of a different viewpoint.

 

“Rick Ross is the biggest boss and he is very expensive to hire. In Kenya they once failed to meet his requirements, they asked for 300 Belaire bottles of champagne,100 drying towels, three floors of a hotel for his gang only and women then US$500K,” said GIBZ MECK.

 

Gora ZW said: “Not worth it, it’s like buying a Honda Fit Hybrid and giving it to Rick Ross).

 

Tee Shito said: “Instead of going to the concert, register to vote, you will be able to afford to fly to the United States of America and see him live in a night club for just $20. While you are there you will see a tonne more of your favorites.”

 

Vimbai Cheryl Mangwiza said: “Wow… for US$5K maybe rather fly to the United States to watch him perform there, do some shopping, site seeing and still come home with change.”

 

“He is not worth that much, even if he was doing the show at a venue in Mars or Pluto, dreaming of it is cold by the way,” said Sean Komboni.

 

Royal Mapoore said: “I am personally going to attend because Rick Ross is a genius. Why not let people enter for free or charge US$1? When alcohol is being bought and people are washing their hands with US$500 champopo (champagne) and spending thousands on alcohol bills, it’s not money stolen. Anyway, I can’t wait for ‘THE BOSS’.”

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