Dancehall war as Templeman snubs Heshi Mfeshi


HARARE – “Godfather” Templeman has come under fire for allegedly snubbing artistes aligned to the talent -laden Heshi Mfeshi Studio.

Templeman is responsible for organising local reggae and dancehall shows and is also part of C and A Entertainment as a spokesperson.

Heshi Mfeshi part-owner Joe Machingura was breathing fire, stating that the godfather of dancehall is ignoring his dancehall artiste, Shinso.

“They have organised several shows and Shinso has not made it on the line-up. Early this year they had a show in Highfield and we found out at a later stage. I called Templeman and requested him to fit in Shinso on the programme and he agreed.

“When Shinso arrived at the venue he was not given a chance to perform. I was really disappointed and I started reflecting on what has been happening, how Shinso was being left out in both local and international reggae shows. Templeman usually slots in artistes signed to him at big gigs including Guspy Warrior and some deemed already popular,” he said.

Shinso has released songs that became hits on radio including Minana on which he collaborated with dendera prince, Suluman Chimbetu. His other hits include African Whine, Mbambamba, Number One and others.

Elephant Man, Mavado, Assasin, Mr Vegas are some international artistes who have graced the local scene since last year and they were brought in by C and A Entertainment.

On most international shows, local artistes are asked to perform as supporting acts but when all the international musicians performed, no artiste from Heshi Mfeshi has ever performed.

Heshi Mfeshi has produced several big names in the urban grooves industry including Leonard Mapfumo, Taurai Mandebvu, Cindy, Trevor Dongo, Ngoni Kambarami, Sanii Makhalima and others.

Templeman, however, in his defence refuted Machingura’s allegations, saying there were too many dancehall artistes in the country and he was promoting them one by one.

“We have 20 established dancehall studios in the country, 30 underground studios which makes them 50. Out of the 50 there are about 20 artistes emerging from there and I have picked out several for the shows. For them to say I am snubbing them will be unfair.

“At the Mr Vegas show we had Freeman, Lady Squanda and Lady Bee as the promotional acts. Then at the Mavado show there was Military SK, Junior Fire and King Labash whom we were also promoting. At Assassin’s show we were promoting Micky Dee,” he said.

Templeman denied ever meeting or talking to Machingura.

“I have only spoken to Shinso not him. I met Shinso and he gave me his CDs to listen to. I told him that we would consider him on our upcoming shows,” he said.

However, Machingura dismissed these as lies.

“I knew he would say that, he is arrogant at times. I spoke to him I think three times over the phone.
“Then I met him twice at Star FM but we did not talk much. I do not understand why he is denying that I personally have talked to him,” he said.

Artistes usually favoured at these shows include Guspy Warrior, Ricky Fire, Badman, Lady Squanda, Lady Bee, Winky D, Sniper Storm and others. The local dancehall scene is currently plagued with controversies.

At the Mavado show in January Winky D and Sniper Storm had an altercation on stage.

The Big Man as Winky D is known lapsed into Sniper Storm ( The General)’s stage time.

The General jumped onto the stage while The Big Man was still performing and grabbed the microphone away from him.

Sniper said it was only in retaliation to Winky D’s eating into his time.

He even accused him of deliberately sabotaging him and that every time they share the stage they had problems.

“Winky D does these things deliberately, I remember at the 2009 Zimfest he came on stage, grabbed my jacket and took the microphone away from me,” he said.

Recently the Daily News reported that before the Assasin show, Badman and Lady Squanda were involved in a scuffle and the latter declared a “dancehall war”.

Lady Squanda then went and presented a female undergarment to Badman on stage, saying the panty symbolised womanhood and it was her way of telling him that he was not a man in terms of music but a little girl.

 According to Lady Squanda’s manager, Hillary “Punchline” Mutake it was not meant to be a “beef” promoting show, but an entertaining one, only people took it the wrong way.

“I think the problem occurred when Clint Robinson announced the tune for tune. People took it the wrong way, they thought it was a clash but it was not like that.

“Even Badman took it the wrong way. In fact he started the war on Facebook when he was complaining about why Clint made him perform with a girl.”

“I thought this was unfair as we are both artistes and what happened on stage was purely entertainment for me. If he took it the wrong way then it was him but it was all about entertaining people,” he said.

From claims of sabotages, lyrical “beefs”, stealing each other’s time on stage, the dancehall industry is getting hotter by the day.

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