Popular host and former radio personality Tichafa Matambanadzo, affectionately known in the entertainment industry as “Tich Mataz”, has been selected to represent Zimbabwe at the upcoming Jamaican festival, organisers of the show have confirmed.

Dubbed the “Reggae Global and Culture Online”, the festival will be held virtually and will run from February 1-27 to celebrate reggae music as part of the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.

Some of the countries taking part at this year’s edition include United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Jamaica who will each have a representative via Zoom meetings.

In an interview, Kirsten Uhl, the director of African Museum Record Label and Media Ltd which is under the Gregory Isaacs Foundation Ltd, confirmed the developments and said the festival is held every February in Jamaica.

“February is cultural and heritage month in Jamaica and the festival features various reggae artistes from Jamaica and around the world”.

“Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival will this year be held virtually and we have selected different personnel who will take part in the festival either as host in their country or performers. We have selected Tich to be one of the hosts,” she said.

She said that the programme has already set aside dates for each country.

“We will cross over to Zimbabwe via virtual platform where we will have Tich who will be doing live reports and some pre-recorded interviews pertaining to the reggae culture in Zimbabwe.”