Apama Styles dancers dump founder

By Vasco Chaya, Entertainment
 
HARARE -
Apama Styles members deserted the troupe’s founder and leader David Machowa en mass to form their own group Madness Styles.

Poor wages and the founder’s ineffective focus on the welfare of the band members were key concerns raised by the group .

“We have been patient for a long time, we thought Apama as an adult and a leader will take care of our welfare but he is very inconsiderate,” said former Apama Styles member Terrance Gomo.

Joseph Musariri, Innocent Mili and Shame Katambani are some of the members who decided to part ways with Apama.

The group told the Daily News that they were not paid for three months before their fatal accident in Mozambique recently.

“Even after the accident he did not pay us until we told him of our plans to leave him, that is when he gave us $30 dollars each,” said a group representative.

The new Madness Styles leader said what pained them most was the fact that Apama Styles was the busiest theatre group in local showbiz industry.

“We worked six days a week only later to realise that we were used for nothing,” said the group.

When the Daily News contacted Apama for comment yesterday he expressed ignorance over the development.

“I know nothing of that sort,” he said.

However, the Daily News got hold of some phone messages exchanged between Apama and his group.
“There is one thing I know that I did nothing wrong to you. Sorry if I have offended you guys but only God knows, thanks,” read part of Apama’s message to the group.

The other message from a group member to Apama reads “Apama sha paunorasika haupaone, iwe unochena ini ndine bhutsu imwe.....ko mari yatakaita kuCity Sports yakaendepi?

Apama Styles was a force to reckon with on the dance scene with their dances which are almost similar to internationally acclaimed Iyasa.

They performed at this year’s edition of the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa), leaving fans asking for more.

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