Artiste takes club owner to court

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BULAWAYO – A Bulawayo-based kwaito musician Mbekezeli Mpofu aka. PO Zee has lodged a lawsuit with the courts against a local business man for allegedly putting his name on music show advertising posters without his knowledge.

According to state papers in possession of the Daily News, Mpofu is demanding a sum of $1 500 in damages from Robert Moyo the owner of Metropolis Pub situated at Ascot Mall in Bulawayo.

Court papers dated September 13, 2012 case number 0004672/2012 read in part: “The plaintiff’s claim is for payment by defendant of the sum of $1 500 being damages for passing off in respect of a show hosted by defendant on July 25, 2012 purporting that plaintiff was to perform when in fact no agreement had been reached thereof…”

Mpofu who is being represented by his lawyers from Messrs, Calderwood, Bryce Hendrie and Partners further demands: “Interest on the sum of $1 500 at the prescribed rate of five percent per annum from August 9, 2012 to date of payment in full.”

The Daily News understands that the show which was dubbed “Metropolis presents Bulawayo’s finest” was billed to take place at the pub in question on July 28, 2012, featuring Maskiri, Centre Party and PO Zee but that was untrue.

However, before Mpofu took the matter to the courts he wrote to the Bulawayo Musicians Association and notified different stakeholders in the arts sector on July 30, 2012.

The letter was copied to the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz), Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (Zimura).

Mpofu works at the Bulawayo Musicians Association under Nyce Beats Records where he first registered his case.

In the letter, Mpofu complained that Metropolis had misrepresented through posters that there would be a show on July 28, 2012, featuring Maskiri, Centre Party and PO Zee.

“Our concern is that he (Mpofu) was never contacted about this show and indeed never took part at the show,” read part of the letter by his manager.

PO Zee’s manager Petros Malemane aka Tu Nyce reportedly approached the pub owner Moyo who apart from allegedly being rude, uncooperative and evasive told them that he was untouchable as he was from Harare.

According to the letter, Tu Nyce argues that PO Zee’s name was used as an advertising gimmick to lure clients to the bar.

PO Zee stormed into the showbiz industry when he featured his talented sister Sikhululekile “Skhu” Mpofu on the album Owami in 2003.

Upon realising that he got what it takes to be a musician, he went solo the following year.

As a result, the youngster was quickly rewarded at the 2005 Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) in Harare when the singer then aged 18 and a fledgling singer was voted the most promising artiste for that year.

He scooped the award ahead of Gweru-based Nasty Tricks and Ngoni Kambarami who were hot favourites in 2005.

To date, PO Zee known for his hit song Hamba Nobani has three albums under his belt in a career spanning seven years.

Recently, he released a single hit called Elokishini which apparently has been receiving fair air play.

The young kwaito artiste who is one of the urban grooves pioneers in the city took a sabbatical in 2007 owing to economic hardships but that did little to kill his passion for music as he is now back full-time.

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