‘Promoters create fake hype’


HARARE – A local musical group has hit out at local music promoters of creating fake hype for “sons and daughters of legends” — turning them into success stories albeit them riding on their parents popular songs.

RBG Top Sungura said while they have been working hard and releasing their own albums, the music promoters have ignored them and concentrated on “sons and daughters of legends” so as to make a quick buck.

Music promoters have in the past been falling on each other as they promote music concerts by the said “sons and daughters of the legends” who include Suluman and Tryson Chimbetu — sons of the late Simon and Naison Chimbetu; Dembo brothers Tendai and Morgan ; Peter Moyo — son of the late Tongai Moyo; Amara Brown — daughter of the late Andy Brown.

While Tryson and Suluman have released their own albums, their live shows are packed with their fathers’ songs, to the extent that it has killed the youngsters’ creativity.

Peter Moyo, while command large crowds, has failed to record an album as his producer reportedly told him he was not yet ready.

RBG Top Sungura, originally from Rusape’s Tanda area took a swipe at local music promoters saying they lack fairness.

“We have been in the showbiz for a while but few people know us despite our wide range of musical experience and talent.

“Newcomers in the industry in form of sons of the legends now appear as better musicians than us because they have received overwhelming promotions, this is not fair,” RBG told the Daily News in a previous interview.

The group wondered how the said “sons and daughters” of the legends became popular and have turned into big artistes.

“These artistes are capitalising on their fathers’ musical success, how come one became a big musician before releasing an independent album — it is all because of the impartiality of our promoters,” said RBG Top Sungura.

The group comprises Robert Zano, 28, Blessing Tevedzai, 31 and Gift Marisa 31.

The trio was in the same class from primary school in Rusape and they have ruled out chances of splitting.

The group has three albums Post Man released in 2006, Bvunzai Mkwasha in 2008 and Tambai Nezvimwe in 2011.

To fight this unfair practice, RBG Top Sungura have decided to take the bull by its horns and get involved in music promotions.

Their first show is dubbed Sungura Explosion Chapter 1 slated for November 3 at Tandarai Gardens in Marondera.

The gig will see a number of upcoming musicians in Mashonaland East Province sharing stage and some of these artistes include 5 Penga Penga, Wedza Stars, Faheem Somanje of Tokudai Mese Stars, Dadiso Express, Maboda Express and RBG Top Sungura among others.

Speaking to the Daily News Blessing Tevedzai of RBG Top Sungura said they are tired of begging for assistance from both music promoters and established bands.

“Since 2005 we were waiting for assistance from promoters but to no avail. We are tired of begging and for this reason we have decided to take the bull by its horns.

“We are venturing into this music promotion business with the aim of promoting upcoming and side-lined musicians,” said Tevedzai.

Tevedzai said they chose Marondera because the farming town is sidelined by promoters despite being the hub of entertainment.

“Marondera is home to artistes with big names; among them Daiton and Josphat Somanje, Mic Inity and other upcoming artistes but promoters are still marginalising this area,” he said.

Recently the group cracked the whip on local promoters for sidelining them while paying attention to “sons of the legends” such as Suluman, Tryson and Peter just to mention but a few.

The trio said the dearth of promoters on their side forced them to venture into small-scale projects such as trading mobile phones.

RBG Top Sungura is not the first group to venture into promotion industry but there are other musical bands such as the Orchestra Mberikwazvo of Alick Macheso of Cheso Power Promotions. – Vasco Chaya

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