Coronavirus threatens booked overseas shows

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THE coronavirus (Covid-19), which is threatening to bring the world to a standstill, will affect local musicians’ concerts that they had lined up overseas.

Most local musicians now perform in neighbouring South Africa, the United Kingdom, Asia and Australia, where the virus has already hit.

Apart from performing artists our visual artists that include sculptors and painters will also have to cancel their overseas exhibitions because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Dancehall singer Enzo Ishall had an Asian tour lined up, with shows in China yesterday and today, but sources told the Daily News that the singer was still in the capital.

Previously, his handlers told the Daily News that the tour was still on but the latest developments suggest otherwise.

The chanter was also supposed to hold shows in Malaysia and Singapore on March 20 and 21 and it remains to be seen if they will go ahead.

Another high profile gig is the Southern African Music and Arts (Sama) Festival UK which was to include Winky D, Freeman, EXQ, Mambo Dhuterere and Baba Harare.

With the virus reportedly being a major headache for numerous governments the world over, it remains to be seen if the festival will proceed.

The musicians who spoke to the Daily News said on paper the UK gig is still on and they are yet to receive any communication regarding postponement or cancellation.

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