Don’t take dancehall for granted


EDITOR — The report in your Monday issue where Guspy Warrior and Shinsoman did not show up for the Zim Dancehall Fiesta at Gwanzura Stadium shows that the promoter is taking dancehall fans for fools.

His explanation that the two artistes had shows in South Africa and he only learnt of it after printing posters further shows that he is also abusing artistes.

As a promoter, you only put names on posters after agreements with musicians.

Ever since he has entered the dancehall scene last year with the Harare Show Cup clash, a brand he is trying to wrestle away from those who started the show in the early 90’s, I have followed him with excitement hoping the so-called philanthropist will bring value to our dancehall culture but it seems he is out there to milk us.

First, it was the poor sound and violent treatment of fans at last year’s show where his ruthless security personnel were beating up ghetto youths who where trying to sneak into the show.

It is mathematically impossible to have 100 sounds clashing, 10 artistes performing and an MC contest in one night’s show.

Just 10 sounds to play just for first round, playing 10 minutes each will take 1 000 minutes, divide that by 60 minutes 16,6 hours before artistes and others contest.

He needed 48 hours of music and is that possible?

It therefore means he does not care about giving people value for money, as long he has made his money.

This is not museve but rasta music which has a revolutionary history.

Investors are needed but this is a culture not a genre.

Where was he in the 90’s when dancehall was at its lowest and Major E, Rassie I, IJahson, Booker T among other foundation dancehall artistes were struggling to set up this music?

He was busy with Tongai Moyo and Alick Macheso milking them, now he has turned to dancehall.

We might be quiet but we can see Mr Philanthropist. Shape up or ship out.

Fire Child.

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