He might be regarded as an underdog musically, and he might not even be among your local reggae favorite. But Jeddie I Tafari seems to get much recognition and popularity outside than locally.
Jedde has once before stormed international stages and skillfully mesmerized fans with his reggae-dancehall tunes. He is now at it again. He is expected to be among other reggae artists set to perform at this year’s Monwabesi Reggae Sunslpash in South Africa next month.
Jeddie will only be the only local artist to perform at the show which has attracted other international reggae artists in the likes of Iqulah and Ras Jabulani. The team will be beefed up with South African artists Pappa Freedom and Nathi B, SOS and Revelation Mighty Ethiopians among others.
In an interview with Nyasa Times , Jeddie called the show as a stepping stone to the international music market.
“While people are failing to recognize me as artist, a lot of people outside are amazed with my God-given talent. I have performed in London where I won a recording deal and the fruits of my trip top Queen’s land seems to be showing with this show.
“Am proud that am one of the people promoting Malawi through music and I will carry the national flag with positive spirit and show the world what Malawi is made of,” he said.
The Monwabesi Reggae Sunsplash is being organized by Paran Arts and Culture (P.A.C) and is aimed at promoting human rights and advocating against crime and women and child abuse.
Currently, Jeddie is working with Ndefeyo Entertainment for a release of his debut album.
Jeddie came into limelight in late 90’s when he released his hit song Wachifwamba that enjoyed massive airplay on local radio stations and Malawi television. He is expected to return to UK next year to work on his first international album.