Sizzla Kalonji is in Zimbabwe as an official guest to perform at The President's Birthday Celebration and continues to Ghana to perform two shows on March 5th and 6th for The Independence Day Celebrations, while launching new album Crucial Times produced by Homer Harris which is number 5 on the Billboard Reggae Charts.
Sizzla is an official guest and will perform at an all night birthday gala organized for President Robert Mugabe, who will be 86 on Sunday. The gala will be held at the Bulawayo' Trade Fair Grounds and is being hosted by the Director of Communications in the Information and Publicity Ministry, Retired Major Mutambudzi. Other artists that will be performing are South Africa's top Afro-pop group, the Soul Brothers and many local artists.
After the show, Sizzla will continue to Ghana to help celebrate 53-years of Independence by performing at two shows in Accra on March 5th at the Ohene Gyan Sport Stadium and March 6th the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi. These shows are sponsored and organized by Paa K. Holbrook-Smith, a creative show producer, in collaboration with two other music production firms, Lalibela Music Productions and Aduanaba Promotions.
He will also launch his new album Crucial Times produced by Homer Harris on March 6 which happens to be Ghana's Independence Day. Groomed by Mr. Homer Harris at a young age, he began to learn the skills and techniques necessary to be an excellent artist. Sizzla called himself Little One in the beginning of his career but because of his burning appetite for hot soup, Harris named him Sizzla because of the way he drank his sizzling soup like cold water. It also reflected his lyrical style and delivery.
In January of 2010, Sizzla's spiritual father and mentor, Homer Harris produced and released a new album entitled Crucial Times. The single Crucial Times was a big hit in Europe between 2008 and 2009. Crucial Times is a very joyful and playful album, pulling from Sizzla’s organic roots with R&B-infected love songs, sexy club anthems, raucously delivered late 90's revival, hard dancehall, and even drum & bass. It showcases the many moods of Sizzla but maintains a constant theme of positive, instructional lyrics with an emphasis on making the most of life on earth. Crucial Times ask the youth to attend school and "no prostitute yourself" but at the same time "learn to live in love, be kind, and don't waste your time."
Sizzla Kalonji has 21 albums that have made it onto the Billboards Top Reggae Albums music charts. He has also placed on numerous top ten and top 100 album of the year charts. He has received awards from IRAWMA, EME, MOBO, Vibe Magazine, Rolling Stone, Irie Fm, People Choice Awards, Digital Music Award Winner, Reggae Academy Awards, and has been nominated for the Grammys several times. Sizzla Kalonji continues to release music through his career showcasing the level of talent that exudes through his creativity.