HARARE – National Arts Merit Awards Promoter of The Year Daniel Masaiti has donated $500 to City Sports Bar’s popular and weekly event, Jam Session.
Masaiti who is the proprietor of Marondera-based drinking hole, Legends, was moved by City Sports Bar’s consistency in promoting every artiste through the Jam Session event.
“As promoters, we should not operate in isolation but join hands for the benefit of artistes. What I did was just an endorsement of the initiation. I never planned that I was going to give something on that night but I was impressed by the event, which is promotion par excellence.
“I’m not supporting Divine Assignments as a bar but the good works being done by the organisation. I do not wish to see that good initiative crumbling,” Masaiti said.
He said the money should help in paying some of the costs which are incurred on weekly basis, adding that, he had learnt a lot from the event and is planning to introduce it in Marondera.
“I do not mind borrowing such a brilliant idea. I learnt a lot on how to run it and what really impressed me is the fact that the event promotes every artiste from upcoming to established ones. I have a soft spot for upcoming artistes and that is the reason why I pay them a flat fee,” he said.
City Sports Bar proprietor Biggie Chinoperekwei said he was humbled by Masaiti’s act.
“As a bar we are humbled and we are going to make sure that every cent from the donation is going towards the artistes,” Chinoperekwei said.
Jam Session — a weekly event where artistes are offered an opportunity to briefly showcase is credited for reviving fortunes of forgotten artistes in the country.
Since the event was launched late last year, artistes such as Shepherd Kunodziya aka Taso, Somandla Ndebele, Dickson Chingaira aka Cde Chinx, Paradzai Mesi and Elijah Madzikatire among others took turns to showcase at the event.