THE much hyped Sama Festival which had been set for April 10 in the United Kingdom and featuring Zimbabwe’s crème dela crème has been postponed to July due to the prevailing coronavirus (Covid 19).
Zimbabwean stars billed to perform at the festival include Winky D, Jah Prayzah, Freeman, Mambo Dhuterere and Baba Harare.
Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in public gatherings in various countries being cancelled to avoid its spreading, hence the Sama Festival postponement.
In a statement, the event organisers said they had to postpone the event in the interest of public health.
“It is with great regret that we have come to the decision to postpone the event as advertised due to concerns in relation to Covid-19. We do not want to expose patrons attending our events to the health risks. As promoters in music and arts and as citizens we have been monitoring the impact of Covid-19 internationally and how it is affecting all facets of life, we feel our decision is well informed and responsible.
“We have communicated with all Sama artistes and agreed to trigger the postponement and or ‘force majeure’ contract clause and in the best interest of public health postpone the events. We are pleased that all Sama artists have agreed to perform on these new dates. . .” read the statement.
Also cancelled is Winky D’s Dubai gig which had been set for March 27 owing to the spreading virus.
A number of events have been lined up locally and with the rate at which the virus is spreading it remains uncertain if they will proceed.
In Namibia it is reported Nigerian superstar Burna Boy headlined gig set for April 4 has been called off.
The singer was scheduled to visit the country on April 17 and it remains to be seen if it will go on.